Press release from INDOT:
Hoosier Ride Bus Service Connects More than 30 Indiana Cities
Partnership between Miller Trailways, INDOT, Greyhound Officially Launches
(INDIANAPOLIS – April 6, 2010) More than 30 Indiana communities now have a new public transportation option for connecting with other parts of the state, as well across the country. A public-private partnership between Miller Trailways, the Indiana Department of Transportation and Greyhound Lines Inc. today officially launched the Hoosier Ride intercity bus service.
“Thousands of Indiana residents depend on intercity bus service to travel across Indiana and the United States,” said Miller Trailways President John Miller. “Miller Trailways is pleased to work with the Indiana Department of Transportation and Greyhound to now provide rural passengers this freedom and flexibility of travel.”
Since January, Hoosier Ride has expanded into five regional fixed routes that are timed to connect with existing Greyhound national service in Evansville; Indianapolis; Kalamazoo, Mich.; Louisville, Ky. and South Bend. Hoosier Ride operates at least one trip daily in each direction using Miller Trailways’ fleet of clean, comfortable charter buses. Scheduling information about the routes listed below is available here.
- Muncie to Indianapolis: Stops along S.R. 67 in Anderson, Pendleton and Fortville
- Seymour to Indianapolis: Stops along U.S. 31 in Columbus, Edinburgh, Franklin and Greenwood
- Kalamazoo, Mich., to Indianapolis: Stops along U.S. 20 and U.S. 31 in Elkhart, South Bend, LaPaz, Rochester, Peru and Kokomo
- Morganfield, Ky., to Louisville, Ky.: Stops along I-64 in Evansville, Jasper, Ferdinand and Corydon
- Evansville to Indianapolis: Stops along U.S. 41, U.S. 150 and S.R. 37 in Princeton, Vincennes, Washington, Loogootee, Shoals, Paoli, Orleans, Bedford, Bloomington and Martinsville
“Hoosier Ride is an important service that allows customers the freedom to travel at their convenience,” said Dave Leach, president and CEO of Greyhound. “With more than 2,300 destinations throughout North America, Greyhound is an economical, flexible transportation option for those throughout the state. We are pleased to work with Miller Trailways and INDOT on this important venture.”
Hoosier Ride tickets and can be purchased individually, or as connections for national Greyhound service, through any of the methods listed below. In the future, Hoosier Ride hopes to open additional ticketing terminals along its routes and offer the ability to purchase tickets directly through Greyhound online or over the phone.
- Online at www.hoosierride.com/ticketing
- In person at Miller Trailways ticketing terminals in Bloomington, Kokomo, Muncie and Princeton or Greyhound ticketing terminals in Elkhart, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Gary, Hammond, Indianapolis, Marion, South Bend and Terre Haute.
- Climbing aboard a Hoosier Ride bus at one of its more than 30 stops across the state and riding the route until tickets can be purchased at one of the terminals listed above. Drivers do not carry cash and are not able to sell tickets.
- Calling Miller Trailways at (800) 544-2383
“By providing transportation options to work, airports, schools, and other vital public and private services, Hoosier Ride improves the quality of life and promotes growth of our economy,” said Reginald Addy, Miller Trailways’ Director of Business Development. “Intercity bus service is economical, fuel efficient and provides an important travel option for families, senior citizens, students who don’t drive, are without a personal vehicle, or just want to sit back and enjoy the ride.”
Hoosier Ride is partially funded with a $2 million Federal Rural Transit grant administered by the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT). Greyhound tickets purchased in conjunction with the Hoosier Ride service helps finance the matching funds required under this Federal program.
Each year the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) administers more than $40 million in state funds and more than $40 million in federal funds that help offset operating expenditures for more than 60 urban and rural transit systems. Miller Trailways has provided reliable charter bus service in Indiana for more than 25 years, and also operates IndyGo Commuter Express (ICE) routes that connect downtown Indianapolis with suburbs of Carmel and Fishers. Greyhound is the largest North American provider of intercity bus transportation, serving 48 U.S. States and 10 Canadian provinces.