A free bus service dubbed campusLink that is also available to the general public will be around for at least another year, thanks to an agreement between Ivy Tech Community College Northeast and Citilink.
Officials announced the agreement Wednesday, and campusLink service will begin Aug. 24.
"We are pleased to be able to continue to provide this free service for our students," Jerrilee Mosier, chancellor for Ivy Tech Northeast, said in a statement. "This is just one of many ways Ivy Tech works to form partnerships in order to benefit our students."
IPFW opted out of the service this year.
"They are not participating financially this year," said Betsy Kachmar, assistant general manager at Citilink, noting that anyone can use the service along the designated routes, which go near IPFW. "The bus will drop (passengers) off at the safe intersections along the routes."
When reached for comment, an IPFW spokesman sent an email to The Journal Gazette that read:
"When we looked at how our students used campusLink compared to the money we put into it each year, the math didn’t work. For whatever reason, our students weren’t riding campusLink enough. It’s a great service that meets the needs of Ivy Tech’s students very well. Unfortunately, it just didn’t work for our students."
Times and route services have changed, according to a release from Ivy Tech, and will run during Ivy Tech Northeast’s fall and spring semesters, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. There will be no service on Saturdays, Sundays, Martin Luther King Day, Thanksgiving break or during winter and summer breaks.
Riders can use Citilink’s RouteShout app or RouteWatch to plan their trips that are available at www.fwcitilink.com/RouteShout/index.php.
Also, discount bus passes for Citilink service throughout Fort Wayne will be available to Ivy Tech students.