Peoria Charter Coach announced that its five daily shuttles from the Louis Joliet Mall parking lot will move to Joliet’s new Multimodal Transportation Center at Union Station in downtown Joliet.
The company has offered airport shuttles for the past 20 years to and from Midway Airport and O’Hare International Airport, and shuttles will now be available to and from both airports from downtown Joliet. Peoria Charter will also provide bus service to Pontiac, Normal (Illinois State University), and Peoria from downtown Joliet.
The reason for the move is the customer demand for overnight parking, city officials say. Joliet’s new transportation center offers $1 per day parking and includes overnight, long-term parking at the same daily rate. Tickets for the shuttles may be purchased online at www.peoriacharter.com and the fare to either airport is $26.
Parking payments can be made with cash or credit card at the new transportation center parking lot on South Chicago Street, just south of the elevated railroad tracks by Union Station.
Peoria Charter Coach is headquartered in Peoria, Illinois and has a fleet of 60 motor coaches. It was founded in 1941, when Walt Winkler sold his family’s car and bought a bus to transport Caterpillar factory workers during the gas rationing of World War II.
Today, the company transports 470,000 people annually and is under the direction of the third generation.
“Peoria Charter’s stop at the new transportation center in downtown Joliet validates the major investment that the State of Illinois, the City of Joliet, and other agencies and railroad companies have made in the new transportation center,” Thanas said.
“The new transportation center is well on its way to becoming a true multi-modal facility that links Joliet area residents to the rest of the world through one center. Joliet will become the major transportation hub for the southwest suburbs.”