Broadway Metro Express
Starting February 19, 2018
Rapid bus service from downtown Gary to Merrillville.
Experience getting to the South Shore, Downtown Gary, University Park, and the US30 corridor faster and more frequently than ever.
Experience safer, more visible bus stops.
Experience destinations - current and planned - designed for transit riders.
Experience something faster and more environmentally friendly.
Get to know the new rapid route!
Northern terminus: Adam Benjamin, Jr Metro Center
Southern terminus: Methodist Hospital Southlake Campus
Length of route: Approximately 11 miles
Number of bus stops: 17
Fares: Same as for GPTC's other regional service
Universal design: All vehicles & bus stops ADA accessible
Bike access: All vehicles equipped with bike racks. Bus stops located along Green Link, L. Calumet, C&O trails
Northwest Indiana's First Rapid Bus Service.
Here's what makes the difference.
Limited stops: The Broadway Metro Express will run faster because it will only stop at designated bus stops. These stops are near where you live, work, or transfer to connecting buses and trains. The stops are spaced to minimize walking and maximize safety (remaining local routes will continue to serve other locations).
Increased frequency: Broadway Metro Express buses will serve each stop 50% more often than conventional service, arriving every twenty minutes.
New Bus Stops: There will be more visible signage, informative maps, and shelters with solar lighting. Many shelters will also include artwork from local artists.
Bus bypass lanes: Most stops on the Broadway Metro Express will include special lanes to allow buses to load passengers much more quickly.
New feeder service: Not one, but TWO new shuttle routes will launch with the Broadway Metro Express!
The Merrillville Shuttle, starting January 22nd, will take riders west to Cleveland Street (State Highway 55) in Merrillville. The Ivy Tech/South Broadway Shuttle, starting February 19th, will improve access to the Lake County Government Center in Crown Point while introducing service as far south as 101st and Broadway.
The Livable Broadway Regional Plan (LBRP)
The Goal: GPTC commissioned the LBRP to assess opportunities for improving bus service within Gary, Merrillville and Crown Point while enhancing economic development, environment and land use and promoting livability within the corridor.
Looking Forward: The LBRP is now a guiding document for how the Broadway corridor can and should holistically develop. Implementation areas include:
Artwork: Select bus stops will include artwork by local artists that reflect upon the elements that make Northwest Indiana great.
Activity: Community organizations are encouraged to partner with transit to make station locations vibrant. Early successes include the Broadway Metro Markets program
Development: New businesses are encouraged to come to Broadway and partner with transit for improved access for customers and employees.
Learn More: Click the buttons provided to learn more about the Livable Broadway Regional Plan.
Thanks to our partners: Thank you to following groups for their support in making the LBRP a reality.
Federal Transit Administration
Lake Michigan Coastal Program
City of Gary
Gary Stormwater Management District
Town of Merrillville
NWI Regional Planning Commission
Indiana Department of Transportation
Indiana University Northwest
Ivy Tech Community College
Stewart House Urban Farm
Catholic Charities/Nature's Helper