Posted October 17, 2018 11:14:50The Chicago Board of Education has awarded a $120.5 million contract to a private company to build a BlueBird bus service, the first service that will operate in the city, and a move that will make Chicago one of the first U.S. cities to expand bus service to more people.
The contract is for the Bluebird Transit Bus System, a joint venture between the city and Chicago Transit Authority, the transit agency that operates the city’s buses and the bus stops along major streets and highways.
The system will serve the greater Chicago area from mid-September through the end of November.
Bluebird will provide routes for buses and vans, operate a bus stop in each of the citys core neighborhoods, operate an emergency response bus and a service for people who cannot drive in the downtown area, the city said in a release.
It also said that the city will offer a $100 annual fare increase to all Bluebird riders who use the service, as well as an “initial $100 rebate” for a $10 purchase of a BlueBike card.
BlueBike, which is based in Washington, D.C., is a free mobile app for riders to buy and use a device.
The new BlueBiking service will be the first Bluebird service to operate on the BlueBird system, which has been in operation since 2009.
BlueBird buses currently travel between the core neighborhoods of the Chicago suburbs and the city center, with stops in downtown Chicago and downtown Milwaukee.
The Chicago board of education will decide by Sept. 15 whether to award the contract to BlueBikes, the release said.