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2015 Was A Good Year For GPTC

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January 20, 2015 — Lakeshore Public Media staff — The Gary Public Transit Corporation is going into 2015 with new development and expansion plans into more communities.

GPTC posted its biggest boost in ridership last year since 2010, a nearly 6-percent increase over 2013.

GPTC marketing director David Wright says the new Griffith route in 2012 and a new Lakeshore South route last year attracted new riders in Hammond, Munster and Highland. The new route that was created after the Regional Bus Authority closed cost about $140,000 but Wright told the “Post-Tribune” the federal government picked up half of the expense, with the remainder coming from bus fares, grants and other funding sources.

A new bus pass service with Ivy Tech in Gary accounted for a huge jump in ridership and GPTC is looking at similar services at Indiana University-Northwest and Purdue University Calumet.

Wright said planning continues for a “Livable Broadway” corridor plan from Gary south into Crown Point, where Broadway ends at U-S 231.  A $250,000  planning grant is being used for that project.

 

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