Ivy Tech−Northeast, IPFW and Citilink Resume Free campusLink Shuttle Service Aug. 22

NORTHEAST – Ivy Tech Community College−Northeast and Indiana University−Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) are entering the third year of their partnership with Citilink to offer a free campus shuttle. The campusLink route includes stops between Ivy Tech’s Coliseum and North campuses, IPFW and its student housing on the Waterfield Campus and some shopping and residential areas.

campusLink operates during Ivy Tech and IPFW’s fall and spring semesters Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. The shuttle does not operate on weekends or breaks. The exact route schedule and other information can be found online at www.fwcitilink.com/campuslink.

The campusLink service is funded as a demonstration project as one of two elements of a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) grant for the first three years of operation. Total ridership for the first year (2009-10) was 36,353. This increased 42 percent to 51,741 for the second academic year (2010-11).

All organizations involved wish to continue to provide this transportation next year and are working to secure funding during the current fiscal year. “This service has proven to be quite popular in the first two years and we are hopeful that the resources can be found to continue campusLink,” said Ken Housden, Citilink general manager.

The second part of the campusLink agreement provides a 20 percent discount for adult monthly Citilink bus passes for Ivy Tech and IPFW students, faculty and staff (Regular $45, discounted $36). This is an unlimited ride pass and is active 31 days from the first day of use, and a maximum of four passes per semester per person may be purchased at the IPFW Bursar’s office, Ivy Tech’s Business office, or the Citilink office.

For questions about campusLink or the discount bus pass program contact Betsy Kachmar, assistant general manager at Citilink, at 260-432-4977 or email bek@fwcitilink.com.

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About Ivy Tech
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system with more than 120,000 students enrolled annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

About Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne
Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne is the largest institution of higher learning in northeast Indiana, offering nearly 200 prestigious IU and Purdue degrees and certificates. More than 12,000 students of diverse ages, races, and nationalities pursue their education on our 662-acre campus. IPFW combines challenging academic programs with student-centered flexibility at an affordable price. The university’s exemplary standards in teaching and research provide unparalleled value for career preparation and professional development in an ever-changing global market. The university’s commitment to service makes it an economic, cultural, and societal leader in the region. IPFW is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access University accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

About Citilink
Citilink’s mission is to provide safe, courteous, and dependable public transportation at the most reasonable cost to our community. Getting you where you need to go – wherever life takes you.

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