VALPARAISO | After a typical lull during the summer when Valparaiso University students are gone, ridership on the city's V-Line intracity bus service has picked up again and should be headed for another record year.
VALPARAISO | The city hopes to learn in the next couple of weeks whether its plans for a transit-oriented development downtown will get a big financial boost from the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority.
VALPARAISO | Ridership on the V-Line fell slightly below the goal of 10,000 a month in July, but the city is looking at ways to implement recommendations of a RLS & Associates study to improve the service in the future.
A consultant's report on Valparaiso's V-Line service makes a number of points worth pondering.
VALPARAISO | Without funding to expand Valparaiso's V-Line bus service beyond its city limits, Valparaiso is interested in a consultant's recommendations for improving the service within its borders.
VALPARAISO | A study by RLS and Associates Inc. of the V-Line intracity bus service recommends several additions to the routes and the hours of operation to meet the demands of riders, but city Planning Director Tyler Kent said Valparaiso can't do much without added funding.
In a Times editorial on July 27, the Chicago Dash ridership was listed as 47,986 in 2012 and 55,037 in 2013. If you calculate this out, this is only about 96 daily riders in 2012 and 106 daily riders in 2013. This is hardly a success.
As Northwest Indiana continues to struggle with how to make public transportation function better, Valparaiso is a shining example of how it should be.
Jon Costas is a man of many titles. Among them, Valparaiso mayor, musician, lawyer, athlete, church deacon, restaurateur and family man.
VALPARAISO | As Valparaiso moves toward completing the long-range vision being developed under ValpoNEXT, the city still has some big plans it hopes to accomplish in the next two or three years, Mayor Jon Costas said.
VALPARAISO | February was a short, cold, snowy month, which could be the reason V-Line ridership in Valparaiso was down a little bit, but it continued a trend begun in August of averaging more than 12,000 riders a month.
VALPARAISO | Quick, cool action by a V-Line passenger prevented a tragedy recently when the bus driver had a heart attack.
Valparaiso is planning for a bus/train depot as part of a transit-oriented development. It's a sign of the popularity of public transportation.
VALPARAISO | The city hopes to go to the Regional Development Authority later this month to seek funds to construct a new Transit Oriented Development downtown.
VALPARAISO | After a decade in office, Mayor Jon Costas said Valparaiso has evolved "from good to great," but he sees the city's future bringing "opportunity like never before."
VALPARAISO | Valparaiso could get high-speed rail passenger service before it gets the South Shore commuter line spur.
VALPARAISO | Maybe people like the convenience. Maybe it's the camaraderie with the other passengers. Maybe people just don't want to have to drive the roundabouts.
VALPARAISO | When the city started the ChicaGo Dash express commuter bus service in 2008, officials knew there was a need but they didn't know it would grow to its current level of four buses a day each way.
VALPARAISO | The V-Line buses that critics once said were filled with invisible riders now carry so many people the city is extending hours and adding routes to try to accommodate them.
VALPARAISO | The days for the historic Victorian house at the corner of Jefferson and Lafayette Streets appear to be numbered.
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