Centralized Park and Ride Option Coming to Oswego
Oct 16, 2014 10:58AM
● By Steven Jack
By the end of November, Oswego residents who commute downtown for work will have another option to park and ride to the downtown Aurora train station.
According to Oswego Village Manager Steve Jones, the village is finalizing plans for a centralized park and ride operation to complement the current service available off Orchard Road.
Parking for the new location will be located on the street along Farmington Lakes Drive between Douglas Road and Heritage Drive. The service will provide three shuttles to the Aurora Transportation Center in the morning and three returning from the center in the evening. Exact departure times have yet to be established, Jones said.
A recent park and ride survey conducted by the village showed an interest from about 135 residents for a more centrally located operation.
The current park and ride service has shown varying levels of ridership in recent years, but currently a total of about 30 passengers per day ride the five shuttles operated by Kendall Area Transit.
For the new service, KAT will shift two of the routes to the east side location and add one more route so that each side has three morning and evening rides. Jones said which west side routes are moved to the east side will be based on ridership and convenience.
The village provided a $75,000 financial subsidy for the program in fiscal year 2014, but Jones said more riders on the east side should help reduce the village’s annual costs.
Cost for the east side shuttles will be the same as the current service, which charges riders $17.50 for 10 rides, $30 for a monthly pass and $3.50 for single tickets.
For more information on the current park and ride program, click here.