Saturday, October 29, 2011

Fixed-route bus service finally arrives in Belvidere

BELVIDERE – The Rockford Mass Transit District launched its fixed-route bus service for the Belvidere area Monday morning, with a gathering of officials at the Keen-Age Center.

Buses began making runs that day and from now on will operate from 7:20 a.m. to 5:20 p.m. Monday through Friday of each week.

Here are the stops, in order: Keen-Age Center on Henry Lucklow Lane on the west side of Belvidere; city hall on Meadow Street downtown; Swedish American Medical Center and then Kmart, which is the end of the line. The return trip stops at the medical center, city hall and the Keen-Age Center, before getting back to the transfer station.

There will be 10 round trips each day. The first bus will leave the transfer station at 7:20 a.m. with the last one departing at 4:20 p.m. The idea is to have each round trip accomplished in one hour.

Fares are $1.50 for those 12 years of age and older. The cost is 75 cents for students up to 20 years of age and children 5 through 11 years of age. Kids under age are free when accompanied by an adult; senior citizens also are free.

Other possibilities are an adult 10-ride ticket for $15; student and disabled 10-ride ticket, $7.50; seven-day unlimited pass, $16; 30-day unlimited ride pass, $55. Transfers are free, but passes are not. …..

The service is being funded through a federal Job Access Reverse Commute Grant, which provides up to 50 percent of the cost. Once the seed money is gone, which usually happens in 12 months, it will be up to the district and Boone County to determine how they will fund the portion of the cost not covered by the grant.

The remaining portion of the cost is being funded through the Illinois Downstate Operating Grant.

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The following route map was published in the October 28, 2011 Boone County Journal.

Click on the photocopy to enlarge.

bus map

Local Halloween trick-or-treating/parade schedules

From Belvidere Republican:

Tuesday, 25 October 2011 18:23 Editor




SUNDAY, OCT. 30 - Halloween Parade, 7 p.m. Starting near west side of State St. bridge, continuing down State St. to First Ave.

MONDAY, OCT. 31- Trick or Treating 4 to 8 p.m.


SUNDAY, OCT. 30 – Trick or Treating 2 to 6 p.m. for residents only.


SUNDAY, OCT. 30 - Trick or Treating 2 to 5 p.m.


SATURDAY, OCT. 29 - Cherry Valley Annual Parade and Party at 4 p.m. The parade will start at the tennis courts in Baumann Park and end at the Cherry Valley School.

MONDAY, OCT. 31 - Trick or Treating 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.


MONDAY, OCT. 31 – Trick or Treating 4 to 7 p.m.

Other Halloween events


Northwoods Care Center Halloween party for trick or treating, 6:30 to 8 pm, 2250 Pearl St., Belvidere. Treats for everyone. The residents and staff are looking forward to another safe and happy Halloween. Be sure to register for the Bicycle giveaway.