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.
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