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Bus route changes take effect Monday

Spectators get a glimpse at DeKalb's new consolidated bus routes The July 23 DeKalb City Council meeting.
Spectators get a glimpse at DeKalb's new consolidated bus routes The July 23 DeKalb City Council meeting.

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 ensuring buses will be on time more regularly and helping to make the operation more efficient.

Here’s what it means for riders:

• 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, a bus service will run 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 also will be able to remain on the same bus to ride both routes. The route number automatically will 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 only are 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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