It’s almost here!
With major portions of Broadway construction work ending and bus lanes being painted onto the new pavement, the Gary Public Transportation Corporation (GPTC) is ready to announce a launch date and details of the Broadway Metro Express bus service and new feeder service, at a public event to be held on Wednesday, December 13 at the Gary Metro Center, 100 W. 4th Avenue from 3:30 p.m. -5:30 p.m.
The Broadway Metro Express is a “Rapid Bus” line that will provide improved, limited stop service down Broadway from Gary to Merrillville to Crown Point. The service will be the first of its type to launch in the state of Indiana. Information to be revealed at the event includes:
- Launch date and services schedules for the Broadway Metro Express and the Merrillville and South Broadway Shuttles that will serve as feeders
- Details on the launch of mobile fare pavement technology that will provide more choice to riders as well as speed up boarding
- Programs and promotions planned to complement service and streetscape improvements
- A schedule of subsequent events that will allow for farther education on the Broadway Metro Express and demonstration of new fare options
GPTC has hosted several events in the past on its work on Broadway, announcing routing, artwork and other developments. The Broadway Metro Express is GPTC’s central implementation project from the Livable Broadway Regional Plan, and will reduce travel times, increase frequency and bring sustainable features to Broadway. New feeder routes, better bus stops and safer boarding are other key elements of the project.
Initial service is being funded through a special grant from the US Department of Transportation. The Town of Merrillville is contributing funding to operating the Merrillville Shuttle. The City of Gary, Town of Merrillville, Gary Stormwater Management District, Legacy Foundation and Indiana Department of Transportation funded $9.5M in roadway and transit stop improvements as part of this project.