The Interurban Trolley and Transpo, will begin operations of the new Yellow Line Elkhart/Mishawaka Route on Monday, August 20, 2018, with an introductory period of free rides through Saturday, August 25, 2018.


The new route will be jointly operated by Transpo and the Interurban Trolley and will run between downtown Elkhart and downtown Mishawaka. It combines Transpo Route 9 east of the Mishawaka Transfer Center with the current Interurban Trolley Yellow Line Bittersweet route.


New Bus Schedules (effective August 20, 2018):

Yellow Line Elkhart/Mishawaka
Route 9 Mishawaka Northside

Current Service

Currently, the existing Transpo Route 9 and Yellow Line connect every 60 minutes Monday through Saturday on Lincolnway East at Twin Branch Park in Mishawaka. The current connection point has no rider amenities and requires the buses to wait in a travel lane.

New Service Effective August 20, 2018

The new route will combine Tranpso Route 9 east of the Mishawaka Transfer Center with the Interurban Trolley Yellow Line. This route will operate every 30 minutes Monday through Friday, and every 60 minutes on Saturdays. Please see the New Yellow Line Schedule for full details.

Increased Regional Connectivity

The new Yellow Line Elkhart/Mishawaka route increases regional connectivity by improving the frequency of trips between downtown Elkhart and downtown Mishawaka. Currently, the Yellow Line Bittersweet is available every hour, which limits the number of connections possible within 15 minutes at the transfer centers. The new route will be available every 30 minutes during weekdays. By increasing the frequency, riders will be able to connect with nearly all public transit routes within 15 minutes at the transfer centers.

New Fares for the Yellow Line Elkhart/Misakawa Route

  • The Yellow Line will cost $1.00 per one-way trip, some as existing Transpo and Interurban Trolley routes.
  • Eligible riders (with a Transpo Reduce Fare Card, Interurban Trolley Handi-Card, or Medicare Card) will be charged $0.50 for a one-way trip at all times.
  • Buses on the Yellow Line, regardless if the trip is operated by a Transpo bus or an Interurban Trolley, will accept both Tranpso and Interurban Trolley 1-Day, 14-Day, and 31-Day Passes.
  • Both Interurban Trolley and Transpo Day Passes will be sold for $3.00 on board the new Yellow Line Connector.
  • The new Yellow Line Connector will not accept nor issue Interurban Trolley transfers. Interurban Trolley transfers will be still accepted and issued on other Interurban Trolley routes.


Fares will be free for the launch of the new route from August 20 to 26, 2018.


Please see the Yellow Line Elkhart/Mishawaka Route Schedule for full details.

Interurban Trolley Fare Changes

In order to align the Interurban Trolley's fare policies with Transpo,  the following changes will take effect August 20, 2018 on all Interurban Trolley routes:


  • Seniors 65 and older and persons with a disability and a valid Handi-Card, Transpo Reduced Fare Card, or Medicare Card, will be able to ride for a reduced fare of $0.50 at all times on all Interurban Trolley routes. In the current policy, the reduced fare is only available during non-peak hours.
  • Children 4 and under will ride free, this is a change from 5 and under in the current policy
  • Transfers will still be issued FREE, but are only valid for Free transfers between the Orange, Green, Blue, and Red Lines.

Public Comments

The 30 day Public Comment period for these proposed service changes began on May 30, 2018 and ended on June 28, 2018. For a recap of the public comment period please see Appendix B of the Final Implementation Plan.

South Bend Public Transportation


1401 South Lafayette Blvd

South Bend, IN 46613

(574) 232-9901




Interurban Trolley

Michiana Area Council of Governments

227 West Jefferson Blvd

1120 County-City Building

South Bend, IN 46601

(574) 674-8894




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