TransPorte to resume nonessential trips next Monday

After a long break, TransPorte will once again provide rides for trips considered nonessential.

The transportation service began its essential-only rule following the governor’s “stay-at-home” order. Now, beginning Monday, July 6, TransPorte will take full requests, including house-to-house trips, Manager Beth Westannounced.

TransPorte will also resume charging its normal ride rates.

“We have been happy to provide free rides for our city’s residents over the last several months,” West said. “This year has been a difficult one, and it has been our pleasure to serve the people in our community. As things begin to settle down and businesses reopen, we are now ready to resume nonessential trips in addition to charging our normal rider fees. We hope to see many residents still taking advantage of our service.”

To protect both riders and drivers, West said TransPorte strongly encourages everyone to wear a mask. She said drivers have extra masks for those in need of one. In addition, TransPorte is also asking riders to pay in exact change in order to limit contact between riders and drivers.

TransPorte’s hours are 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. West said no buses will run July 3-5 in observance of Independence Day.

All rides must be scheduled through dispatch at 219-362-6565. For more information, contact West at 219-326-8274 or

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