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Elburn backs VAC's bus depot plan

Service would link DeKalb and Metra station

Published: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 8:31 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 8:33 p.m. CDT

ELBURN – Elburn officials are supporting a project that would provide daily shuttle bus service from DeKalb to the Metra station in Elburn.

Elburn Village President Dave Anderson recently sent a letter to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx stating his support for the Voluntary Action Center’s plan for a $15.7 million bus depot. The center, which operates the bus service, is requesting $11.4 million in federal funds, which would be matched by $3.5 million in state funds and $750,000 in local funding.

State funding already has been secured and DeKalb County has already committed a $750,000 land donation to the project. The bus depot would be built on 10 acres on Barber Greene Road near Peace Road in DeKalb, and would replace the depot at Peace and Bethany roads.

“It gives people a chance to come to Elburn,” Anderson said. “We’ve got plenty of positive things going on.”

The project would provide park-and-ride shuttle service from the new depot to the Elburn Metra station. About 100 parking spots would be available for commuters to take a shuttle bus to the Metra station in Elburn, Zucker said. Although officials have yet to work out the exact details, they expect to run the service to the station daily, with the nearly 19-mile one-way bus trip costing about $5.

A bus service shuttling riders from Northern Illinois University to the Elburn Metra station operates on Fridays and Sundays, he said.

“This would add to it,” Anderson said.

He also pointed out the environmental benefits of providing additional public transportation.

“It helps to minimize exhaust fumes from automobiles,” Anderson said.

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