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New Park-N-Ride Starts Today!

A Blog about the New Kendall Area Transit Park-N-Ride and Dial-A-Ride

The Village is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Kendall Area Transit for Oswego’s public transportation needs. As of January 2nd, Kendall Area Transit, or KAT, will be the new provider for the new Park-N-Ride as well as the Dial-A-Ride.

The Oswego Park-N-Ride is a shuttle Service for Metra BNSF commuters and operates between the Oswego Park and Ride lot (located at the corner of Mill and Orchard Road) and the Downtown Aurora Transportation Center. The shuttle operates Monday through Friday in the mornings and afternoon and targets Metra BNSF line express commuter trains to Chicago and Aurora. The new Park-N-Ride service provided by KAT will add two morning and two afternoon routes to the present Park-N-Ride schedule.

Daily One Way Fare is $3.50, a 10-Ride pass is $17.50, and the monthly pass is $30.00. Monthly and 10-Ride passes can be purchased at Oswego Village Hall and on the Village website and the Oswego Police Station as well at Yorkville, Plano and Montgomery’s Village Hall. One way tickets can only be purchased on the bus from the driver and exact fare is required.

Kendall Area Transit also offers Dial-A-Ride service. Dial-A-Ride serves the Oswego community with curb-to-curb and door-to-door dial-a-ride services within Kendall County and designated locations outside the county. It is a general public transportation service with a priority for the disabled and seniors. KAT operators are trained to assist riders with mobility issues from their door to the bus and from the bus to the door of their destination. When a rider’s needs are beyond the responsibility of the drive, a travel assistant is required and may ride at noextra charge.

Transit service is available from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding Holidays. The One-way fare for the KAT dial-a-ride service is $3.00 and $5.00 for round trip fares. For designations outside of the county, an additional $2.00 fee will be added. Seniors (60 years of age and older) receive a $1.00 off all fares and Children 7 years and younger ride free with a paying adult.

More information regarding KAT Park-N-Ride or Dial-A-Ride can be found by logging onto the Village website at www.oswegoil.org or www.co.kendall.il.us/KAT/index.html
or by calling Village Hall at 630-554-3618 or Kendall Area Transit at 877-IGO-4K

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Katra Knoernschild January 04, 2013 at 10:28 PM
"Why not work with the village of Montgomery to get the LL of the shopping center at Route 30 and Douglas to allow commuter parking at that location." That's an interesting comment. Why would any tax payer of Oswego decidedly want to do that and bolster their case for economic development when we are competing against them to fill our empty store fronts, particularly in such close proximity? Why not have the train in Montgomery? "Public transit is not meant to be an express connection to an from a particular location. " That's exactly what West Side riders are being provided. "How long does it take to drive from the east side of Oswego to the west side - about 10 minutes?" 15-20 depending on how far East (on my end) you come from (no traffic). That's the same amount of time it takes to drive to the Aurora transportation center. Coincidentally, Google maps indicates it takes the exact same amount of time for you to drive from the PNR to the Aurora Train Ctr, as it does someone leaving my neighborhood. I want to be clear, I didn't say that I flat out don't support your train idea. I said it remains controversial. I do feel it would be good for economic development reasons, though it would simply be a waste of time for anyone on this side of town to use it due to the backtrack. Maybe for leisure? Now if I could ask you a question. Why do you care if east side has ATC routes, when you not only have routes, but got them expanded?
Logansdad January 04, 2013 at 11:30 PM
Why would any tax payer of Oswego decidedly want to do that and bolster their case for economic development when we are competing against them to fill our empty store fronts, particularly in such close proximity?" How exactly is having a section of the Montgomery shopping center parking lot for a PNR going to booster economic development? You are forgetting Pace already operates there. If Pace ever does come to Oswego it will not be for a park n ride lot on the east but just and extension of bus service that already serves Montgomery. If Pace served Oswego this would be a non issue. "Why not have the train in Montgomery?" Montgomery is pushing for the train as well. "Why do you care if east side has ATC routes, when you not only have routes, but got them expanded?" Expanded? Restored is more like it. The additional trips provided by KAT is what Pace was originally provding from the Oswego PNR to ATC.
George Jones January 05, 2013 at 12:02 AM
Michele, "The study will provide funding options that will likely include alternatives that do not include being within the RTA service territory." Just name one "alternative" which does not include raising taxes within the Village of Oswego or within Kendall County to get Metra here. Plus, there are slim to nill chances in getting state or Fed funds for this. So, You - Michelle, Brian LeClercq, and various Oswego Village Trustees are blowing smoke with this supposedly "meaningless bureaucratic statement" and I suggest that you as a non-elected public employee of the Village Oswego limit your jawboning in wanting to raise sales taxes, property taxes, Village fees, etc. to support a Metra Station in Oswego.
Logansdad January 05, 2013 at 01:52 AM
Katra, If the village had no Park n Ride now and was not trying to get Metra into the village, I would be in favor of a Park N Ride around 34 and Douglas.
George Jones February 18, 2013 at 09:44 PM
Smart Civic Leaders In Yorkville ... Dumb Ones Like Brian LeClercq In Oswego Who Want To Spend Foolishly & Raise Taxes Read The News In The Aurora Beacon and don't be fooled by Brian & Trustees who say "WE NEED" KAT & METRA: Yorkville considers pulling out of Kendall KAT bus service By Steve Lord slord@stmedianetwork.com February 18, 2013 YORKVILLE – The city is considering pulling its $23,000 annual contribution to the Kendall Area Transit system. The proposal surfaced to withdraw from the KAT bus service has emerged as part of early city budget discussions. In looking at possible areas to cut costs, city staff identified the contribution to KAT as one area. City Administrator Bart Olson said staff included the proposal after several aldermen asked about it. KAT serves about 200 regular customers in Yorkville. “I think the general feeling is that it is too much money for the few people who use it,” said Mayor Gary Golinski. Golinski said the city might need the money to pay a $22,000 bill it received from KenCom.

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