CityBus is the operating name for Greater Lafayette Public Transportation Corporation (GLPTC), a municipal corporation established in 1972. As a division of local government, CityBus is led by a Board of Directors, whose members are appointed by the mayors and city councils of Lafayette and West Lafayette.
Expenses are covered with earnings from cash fares, pass and token sales, contracts, and advertising, in addition to federal, state, and local tax revenues. Federal funds pay for 80% of most capital expenses such as buses, facilities, and repair parts. State funds (from sales and use taxes) help cover operating expenses, as do local property tax revenues.
CityBus is a contracted partner with Purdue University for public transportation services. The agreement is called an “unlimited access” agreement because it gives Purdue students, faculty, and staff unlimited, fare-free access to the CityBus system. The value of the agreement is negotiated each year. CityBus has a similar relationship with Ivy Tech, which gives students and staff fare-free rides on CityBus.
CityBus has 73 buses in the fleet. Included are buses with lengths of 35, 40, or 60 feet. Twenty four buses are hybrid diesel-electric buses. Twenty one buses are compressed natural gas (CNG) buses. CityBus operates a fleet of vans in its ADA Paratransit Service called ACCESS, which serves persons with disabilities.
130 people work at CityBus including bus operators, mechanics, utility personnel and administrative staff. Bus operators and mechanics are members of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local No. 1741.
CityBus’ administrative offices, dispatch center, and maintenance facilities are located at 1250 Canal Rd., in Lafayette, Indiana. CityBus Center is the transfer hub at N. 3rd and North streets in downtown Lafayette. It offers covered waiting areas, an indoor lobby and customer service office.
CityBus also owns two child-care facilities which are leased to and operated by Tippecanoe County Child Care.
Our Mission: CityBus is a proactive community partner. The organization strives to improve the quality of life by (1) operating safe, reliable and environmentally friendly transit services and (2) partnering in local economic development activities. With employees who take pride in their work, CityBus provides excellent customer service and offers efficient, convenient access to destinations throughout Lafayette and West Lafayette.
CityBus has an important role in making the Lafayette/West Lafayette area a better place to live, work, go to school and visit.
With safe, reliable and convenient transit services, the agency will offer a viable transportation choice for residents, employees and visitors.