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Bus route changes take effect Monday

August 17, 2018

DeKALB – Taking the bus Monday? Don’t forget the rates and routes change that day.

The DeKalb City Council on July 23 approved a consolidation of bus lines in the spirit of assuring buses will be on time more regularly, and the whole operation will be more efficient.

Here’s what it means for you, the rider:

The southern end of Voluntary Action Center’s Green Line, renamed Route 18, which serves Seventh Street, Taylor Street, NIU, and downtown DeKalb will be served by Huskie Routes 16 and 17 (previously named Routes 6 and 7). Additionally, there will now be bus service along West Dresser Road and DeKalb High School.

Huskie Routes 16 and 17 will not only replace bus service previously provided by the Green line south of Sycamore Road, but riders will also be able to remain on the same bus to ride both routes. The route number will automatically change at the NIU Holmes Student Center bus stop. Bus service will operate seven days a week and 362 days a year.

The VAC Blue Line and VAC Kishwaukee College Red Line are only minimally changed.

Paratransit fares will be reduced from $1.50 to $1, and although senior citizens and people with disabilities previously have ridden for free, they’ll be charged 25 cents a trip. Rides on VAC lines and Huskie lines will be 50 cents for adults, whereas Huskie lines used to cost $1. Students in kindergarten through high school will now pay 25 cents a ride, whereas VAC previously charged them 50 cents. NIU students, staff, and faculty with a valid NIU OneCard ride free. VAC’s former fare was the standard rate, on Huskie Line students, faculty and staff already rode free with the NIU OneCard.

The new system also means free transfers between VAC and Huskie routes and will also connect to the DeKalb County Health Department from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Weekend bus service on the routes will begin in September.

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