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Bus route changes
In preparation for the opening of the new Citilink Central Station on Sept. 15, all routes going downtown will change the way they go through the downtown area to the new Citilink Station at Baker Street and Calhoun, and other changes have been made, as well. Maps of the new routes can be found at www.fwcitilink.com/schemaps.htm. Maps and schedules can also be mailed or emailed to you; call 260-432-4546 for information.
Route 1/1a Waynedale – Will not pull into Foster Park Plaza; Route 9 will
Route 1/1a Northcrest – Alternate stops into Farrington & River Cove Apartments every other hour
Route 2 Time Corners – Only downtown changes; change to half-service midday.
Route 2 Georgetown – Loop using Reed to Lake, not Trier; change to half-service midday
Route 3 Canterbury – Removes loop through Canterbury Marketplace, ends at Roebuck
Route 3 Village Woods – Three-month trial of loop to cover Wayne Trace/Tillman/Hessen Cassel
Route 4 Wells Ludwig – Removes three times-a-day deviation to ITT/Cook Road; changes route through Meijer plaza on outbound; half-hour schedule change to 9-5 daily
Route 4 Parkview – Coliseum to Vance to Hobson (Route 2 serves Snider HS); half-hour schedule change to 9-5 daily
Route 5 – No change, does not go downtown
Route 6 McKinnie – Removes GTE/Frontier deviation add Oxford/Anthony loop; changes route through Diplomat Apartments per request
Route 6 Franke Park – Removes Centlivre/Glenbrook Square loop and adds Executive/Progress loop formerly on Route 9 (AWS) and Sherman on outbound
Route 7/7a Anthony/Oxford/Creighton – No change
Route 8 Calhoun – Only downtown changes
Route 8 Glenbrook – Turns around at Westfield (across from Northrop) instead of DiSalle
Route 9 Brooklyn/Taylor – Does not go to Elmhurst HS, turns at Sandpoint; return via Kyle & Three Oaks
Route 9 St. Francis – Does not go to AWS, Route 6 will
Route 10 New Haven – Removes Green/Powers/Broadway loop, adds Short/Hartzell/Green loop
Route 21 – Minor changes to alternate stops, does not go downtown
Route 22 – No change, does not go downtown
Route 98 CampusLink – Considering stop at Walb Student Union, does not go downtown; changed stops on IPFW campus per request
Laura J. Gardner | The Journal Gazette
Workers put some finishing touches on the new Citilink transfer station at Calhoun and Baker Streets.

Citilink ready for change

New station calls for route, schedule shuffle

– Next Saturday will bring more than just a new downtown transfer station for Citilink bus riders – it will also bring numerous route changes.

Citilink Assistant General Manager Betsy Kachmar said most of the route changes are due to the station move, but many are changes the agency has been considering for a while and many are changes suggested by the public. Citilink held three public meetings this summer to gather input on changes it should make.

“For the most part (the changes) revolve around making sure we can get the northern buses further south and make sure everyone can meet up at the same time,” Kachmar said.

Citilink has been working for a decade to move its downtown station; seven days from now it finally becomes reality in the form of a new $4.4 million facility on Baker Street between Harrison and Calhoun streets.

Citilink buses operate on a “pulse” system, where the routes fan out from the downtown transfer station like spokes on a wheel and are timed to all arrive downtown at the same time to make transfers quick and easy. But because the new station is almost a mile south of the current station at Superior and Clinton streets, the timing must be adjusted.

“We also tried to incorporate suggestions we’ve received over the years, as well as suggestions received from the public meetings,” Kachmar said. “We do listen.”

As for the new station and its impending opening, Kachmar said officials are both eager and nervous.

“It’s nerve-wracking and exciting,” she said. “It’s certainly a vast improvement over what we have now.”

dstockman@jg.net

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