Proposed Direct Bus Service Between Downtown Mishawaka & Elkhart

05/29/18 at 09:54 AM

The South Bend Public Transportation Corporation (Transpo) and the Michiana Area Council of Governments (MACOG), who administers the Interurban Trolley serving the Cities of Elkhart and Goshen, are excited to announce a public comment period to discuss proposed changes to the existing Interurban Trolley Yellow Line and Transpo's Route 9 Northside / Mishawaka to improve connectivity throughout the region.

The proposed "Yellow Line Connector" will combine Transpo's Route 9 east of the Mishawaka Transfer Center with the current Interurban Trolley Yellow Line route. This new route will operate between the Interurban Transfer Center in downtown Elkhart and Transpo's Mishawaka Transfer Center in downtown Mishawaka.

"The new Yellow Line will bring better connections between Elkhart and South Bend", said James Turnwald, Executive Director of MACOG. "Today bus service between Downtown Elkhart and Downtown South Bend runs only every 60 minutes, this will increase regional connectivity with buses now coming every 30 minutes on weekdays. The increased frequency of the Yellow Line will also reduce the transfer time for certain riders. Certain trips between Transpo and the Interurban Trolley system require wait times of up to 75 minutes and the new route will reduce this wait time to 20 minutes on most trips", continued Turnwald.

The proposed Yellow Line Connector will charge the same $1.00 fare per one-way trip, as existing Transpo and Interurban Trolley routes. Buses on the connector route, regardless if the trip is operated by a Transpo bus or an Interurban Trolley, will accept both Transpo and Interurban Trolley Day Passes, Two-Week Passes and 31-Day Passes.

"We are proud to partner with MACOG to increase transit connectivity between Elkhart and South Bend", said Amy Hill, Interim General Manager and CEO of Transpo. "Integrated fares will allow riders to use Transpo passes on the new Yellow Line which should increase ridership and opens up more destinations and employment opportunities for our riders", continued Hill.

Click HERE for full details on the proposed service change and to provide any comments on the new proposed route.

There will be two opportunities for interested parties to discuss the proposed Yellow Line Connector:

  • Tuesday, June 12, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library, 209 Lincolnway East in Mishawaka
  • Wednesday, June 13, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Elkhart Public Library, 300 S. Second St in Elkhart

The two locations are both easily accessible using public transportation. All Interurban Trolley routes stop at the downtown Elkhart Transfer Center, only block south of the library. Transpo's Route 9 stops directly in front of the Mishawaka Library with routes 1, 15A, 15B stopping one-block away.

Explore our LEED Platinum Facility

RIDER ALERT:  Visit Transpo's Detour Page for a list of all detours throughout the system.

Buy Fare Cards