Frankfort Twp. joins Will Co.’s Dial-a-Ride
BY SUSAN DEMAR LAFFERTY email@example.com August 1, 2014 6:04PM
As of Friday, Will County has added Frankfort Township to its Dial-a-Ride program.
Frankfort Township has offered bus service, but rides were limited to within the township boundaries. Through the county program, residents now can use the door-to-door bus service outside of the township within a 10-mile radius.
The county Dial-a-Ride will offer discounts to seniors, students and disabled riders, who also will be able to connect with similar bus service elsewhere in Will County.
The Dial-a-Ride service now runs in Homer, Lockport, Manhattan, Green Garden, Monee, Crete, Peotone, Will, Washington, Plainfield, Troy, Jackson, Joliet, Channahon, Wilmington, DuPage and Wheatland townships. It’s available Monday through Friday by making reservations in advance, but hours and rates vary by township.
Wendie Garlich, the county’s mobility manager, said she hopes to eventually get all 24 townships in the county on board with the Dial-a-Ride system.
“It’s really popular. It’s personalized and not as intimidating as getting on a city bus,” she said.
It’s also more economical for Frankfort Township because it no longer has to provide insurance, license drivers and pay for operating expenses, Garlich said.
Public transportation is making a come back, Garlich said.
“People cannot afford cars and gas prices. They are going back to public transportation,” she said. “In this day and age, it is financially a better alternative than having a car.”
Garlich recently improved the county’s transportation website, creating “one-stop shopping” for all public transportation available to county residents. It’s available by visiting www.willcountyillinois.com and clicking on the “transportation” link.
Among the public transit programs offered in the Pace suburban bus system’s Bus on Shoulder program, which offers express bus service along the shoulders of Interstate 55 to downtown Chicago during rush hours.
It has proven to be “super popular,” Garlich said. “It’s like riding the train but better.”
At $8 for a round trip, it’s also cheaper.
In Will County, the Bus on Shoulder service starts in Plainfield with stops in Romeoville, Bolingbrook and Burr Ridge on the way to Chicago. It began as a pilot program last year, but will now be permanent, Garlich said.
To reserve a ride on Dial-a-Ride, call 800-244-4410 or 815-806-2767 in Frankfort Township.