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Peoria Charter Moves Its Service to Downtown Joliet

The new site allows customers to leave their car overnight when catching a bus to a Chicago airport or other destination, something not available at its mall location.

One of the 60 motor coaches in Peoria Charter's fleet. Photo credit: Peoria Charter Coach Co.
One of the 60 motor coaches in Peoria Charter's fleet. Photo credit: Peoria Charter Coach Co.
Peoria Charter Coach Co. has moved its shuttle/bus service from the Louis Joliet Mall to downtown Joliet's new transportation center at Union Station.

Peoria Charter offers five shuttles daily to O'Hare and Midway airports in Chicago as well as bus service to Pontiac, Normal and Peoria.

The change was made because customers requested overnight parking, which was not available at the mall location, according to a news release issued by the city.

The transportation center, construction of which is being done in phases, offers parking for $1 a day at the lot on South Chicago Street, south of Union Station's elevated tracks. There is no additional charge for overnight or long-term parking, and fees can be paid with cash or credit card.

The shuttle cost to either of the airports is $26 and tickets can be purchased online at www.peoriacharter.com.

Peoria Charter Coach is headquartered in Peoria and has a fleet of 60 motor coaches, according to the news release. It was founded in 1941, when Walt Winkler sold his family’s car and bought a bus to transport Caterpillar factory workers during World War II gas rationing of World War II.

“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,”  Joliet City Manager Tom Thanas said in the release.

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