South Bend won't lose Chicago airport shuttle bus service for long

Published: Dec. 13, 2019 at 4:40 PM EST
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Shuttle bus service between South Bend and the Chicago airports won’t be lost for long.

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another company has already announced it plans to take over.

A handwritten note hanging at the Notre Dame bus terminal Friday informed students that the Coach USA’s last trip would take place on Dec. 31.

The message was on the minds of ticket holders.

“I spoke to one of the faculty members in my department and I told them I was going home, and they were like, 'Oh, yeah, watch out for the bus because I'm coming back on the 31st and that's the last day,'” Notre Dame graduate student Munira Syed said.

“I think a lot of people are going to be a little disappointed when they're coming back to campus next semester,” Notre Dame student Colin Geary added.

According to the Coach USA website, the bus company now makes eight runs a day between Notre Dame and the Chicago airports.

After the first of next year, it will only operate on weekends and around major school breaks.

“We are planning on starting with five runs a day,” said Shannon Kaser with Royal Excursion. “So, about every four hours starting early in the morning around 4, 5 a.m. [We're] still working through some of that, but we're planning about every four hours.”

Royal Excursion plans to take over the daily shuttle service, but not for another 60 or so days.

While the transition won’t be seamless, Royal Excursion plans to make it worth the wait.

“Our first month it'll be a lower fare just to get people the opportunity to try it, so it will be more like about a $10 fare on the first month,” Kaser said. “One way is around $40, roughly, so we're going to offer a lot of different discounts for veterans, seniors, children, groups, families of four, five or more that we're going to offer some extra discounts as well.”