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Dial-A-Ride sells Summer Fun Pass

Published 11:43pm Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Niles Dial-A-Ride this summer again offers its Summer Fun Pass program of unlimited rides in its service area from the last day of school in June until Labor Day.

That’s bus transportation anywhere within the City of Niles and Niles Charter Township, including parks, the YMCA, Wonderland movie theater, the skate park, a friend’s house and restaurants and shopping for $20 to Niles area students entering grades K-12.

Passes, bearing a scene of downtown Niles, are available at the Dial-A-Ride office, 623 N. Second St. Payment can be made by check or cash in the exact amount. Students must present a valid student ID where applicable.

Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday. Contact Dial-A-Ride at (269) 684-5150 with questions or visit

“Summertime tends to be slower for us” said Evan Smith, operations manager for Nile Dial-A-Ride. “We transport a lot of school kids during the school year. When it’s nice out, people tend to walk more. When it’s nasty, they don’t. When I first started (in July 2011), I figured it would be the other way around. I figured summer would be busier because people would be out more. It gives a way for kids to get around without roaming the streets, getting in trouble. The City of Niles funds a free summer parks program with organized activities at Plym Park, so that’s a good way to break up boredom. I know first-hand from being at home when I was a kid, and my parents were at work, boredom usually leads to trouble.”

“It’s a great deal,” Smith said, “because regular fares are $4 for a township ride and $3 for the city. If you use it five times in three months you break even, but you can use it as many times as you want, so it’s definitely very affordable.”

Dial-A-Ride, with a fleet of four buses, also maintains an hourly fixed route traveling down South 11th Street.

“On even hours — 10, 12, 2 and 4 — we go down to Auten Road, just past the state line and connect with South Bend Transpo,” Smith said.


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