Valparaiso expands bus service hours
BY JAMES D. WOLF JR. Post-Tribune correspondent November 9, 2013 12:48PM
Updated: December 12, 2013 6:15AM
VALPARAISO — The city is expanding the hours of its local bus service, the V-Line, because of increasing numbers of riders.
On Dec. 2, the Yellow and Green lines that circle the city won’t shut down at 8:15 p.m. but will combine into the purple route, said Tyler Kent, the city transportation director.
The Purple route will loop around the city hourly until 10:15 p.m.
On the south side, the Brown line will still run until 10 p.m., but will begin two hours earlier, at noon.
The Brown line serves Valparaiso University, Ivy Tech, the Hillside neighborhood and the shopping centers.
Kent estimated running the new lines will cost the city $3,000 a month, but the expanded hours are being tried out only for 120 days.
Ridership has increased 37 percent since January, resulting in the last buses being too full.
“We’ve had to run rescue buses out to help with the load,” he said.
The increased ridership will factor into the current bus route and efficiency study that the city’s due to get from consultants in spring.
The Board of Works approved the new routes at its Friday meeting.
Also at the meeting, the board approved compensation for public works employees who will be on-call for snow removal.
The season runs from Nov. 1 to April 14, and the extra pay will be a lump sum of $250 to $750, depending on duties.
The workers will get paid in May 2014 as long as they reported to half the calls and have no more than two unexcused absences, said Public Works Director Matt Evans.
The compensation is the same as last year’s, he said.