GPTC Moves Ahead With Route Expansion Into Hammond
March 7, 2014 — The Gary Public Transportation Corporation is expanding its services into Hammond, with plans to start a route to points in the city’s southern half and also to modify an existing route.
The GPTC board agreed to the changes yesterday after a second public hearing on the proposal. The routes will move into areas once served by the Regional Bus Authority, which closed two years ago because of lack of permanent funding sources.
The new Lakeshore South route, which will begin May 5, will be a double-loop and will begin at the corner of Hohman Avenue and State Street in Hammond. It also will go into parts of Highland and Munster. A ride on the Lakeshore South route will cost $1.60. GPTC officials think the new route could attract about 45-thousand riders.
GPTC wants to expand into north Hammond, but they will need about $70,000, and assistance from the cities of Hammond and Whiting. The new routes will cost about $140,000.