2015 Was A Good Year For GPTC
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.