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NIU Greyhound Connect service adds Naperville/Aurora Metra stop

June 9, 2015

Greyhound bus at Holmes Student CenterThe Holmes Student Center at Northern Illinois University is among seven daily stops on a Greyhound Bus Lines route between Chicago and Davenport, Iowa that now includes the Naperville/Aurora Rt. 59 Metra station. The stop, approved by Naperville City Council last week, is along a route that includes DeKalb, Rochelle, Dixon, and Moline in addition to Chicago and Davenport.

The bus service for Illinois was developed through a partnership between Illinois Department of Transportation, Lee County and Greyhound. The intercity suburban bus line is funded through the federal Rural Area Formula Grants program to connect Chicago to Davenport via Interstate 88.

The DeKalb stop, at the NIU Holmes Student Center, conveniently connects to the NIU Huskie Line transit service.

According to documents contained in the Naperville City Council meeting packet, “NIU specifically weighed in on the schedule times for the Naperville – DeKalb portion of the service.”

Greyhound spokesperson Lanesha Gipson said the bus line wanted “to offer Northern Illinois University students who travel to Naperville from DeKalb an affordable, convenient and reliable transportation option.”

Greyhound will use smaller, 24-passenger buses to operate service along the Interstate 88 corridor. The coaches are equipped with two wheelchair securement positions, 3-point seat belts and electrical outlets. Tickets can be purchased online through the Greyhound website or through Greyhound’s mobile app. Greyhound also has ticketing available via most 7-11 convenience store locations.

The route is part of the growing network of rural bus services across the state of Illinois, which can be accessed online The schedule features a trip in each direction each morning and afternoon.

Revised Daily schedule

Eastbound (To Chicago)

Morning Schedule

  • 6:35 a.m. – Davenport
  • 6:50 a.m. – Moline
  • 8 a.m. – Dixon
  • 8:50 a.m. – Rochelle (includes 10-minute bathroom break)
  • 9:20 a.m. – DeKalb
  • 10:15 a.m. – Naperville
  • 11:30 a.m. – Chicago

Afternoon Schedule

  • 12:20 p.m. – Davenport
  • 12:35 p.m. – Moline
  • 1:45 p.m. – Dixon
  • 2:35 p.m. – Rochelle (includes 10-minute bathroom break)
  • 3:05 p.m. – DeKalb
  • 4 p.m. – Naperville
  • 5:15 p.m. – Chicago

Westbound (To Davenport)

Morning Schedule

  • 6:25 a.m. – Chicago
  • 7:40 a.m. – Naperville
  • 8:35 a.m. – DeKalb
  • 9:20 a.m. – Rochelle (includes 10-minute bathroom break)
  • 9:55 a.m. – Dixon
  • 11:05 a.m. – Moline
  • 11:20 a.m. – Davenport

Afternoon Schedule

  • 3:30 p.m. – Chicago
  • 4:45 p.m. – Naperville
  • 5:40 p.m. – DeKalb
  • 6:25 p.m. – Rochelle (includes 10-minute bathroom break)
  • 7 p.m. – Dixon
  • 8:10 p.m. – Moline
  • 8:25 p.m. – Davenport