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Starting Monday the new schedule for the Kenosha-Racine-Milwaukee (KRM) commuter bus line — operated by Coach USA — will connect residents to Metra in Kenosha for only $2.50.

Commuters or shoppers can park for free in the large lot behind the Racine Transit Center on State Street, catch the 7:15 a.m. southbound bus and transfer to the 7:51 a.m. Metra train. That train will get passengers to any of 14 North Shore train stations to start their workday before 9 a.m. The train arrives at the Ogilvie Transportation Center in Downtown Chicago for shopping or work.

In the late afternoon or evening, commuters can catch the train that arrives in Kenosha at 5:39 p.m. The KRM commuter bus will be waiting to return to the Racine Transit Center at 6:18 p.m.

KRM Commuter bus has alternative times, as well, to return to Racine from the Metra Station. Take Metra from Chicago back to Kenosha at 2:18 p.m. Or stay later and return to Kenosha at 7:10 p.m. In either event, the KRM commuter bus will be available at the Kenosha station to return to Racine.

The Coach Bus also stops along the route on Douglas and MLK on the north side, and Marquette and Wis 32 on the south side.

The route works for Illinois workers coming to the growing employment opportunities in the Racine area, too. The KRM commuter bus will meet the 8:18 a.m. Metra train and take them to the Racine Transit Center for example, at 8:53 p.m. The return trip leaves the Transit Center at 5:09 p.m. and connects to Metra at 5:51 p.m. Racine area residents can also use this connection to spend the day in the Chicago area on Saturdays and Sundays. The bus leaves the Racine Transit Center on

Saturdays at 8:00 a.m. and transfer to Metra at 8:34. Return on the Metra train to Kenosha at 2:15 p.m. or 7:25 p.m. RYDE will take you from there. On Sundays, the KRM bus will be at the Racine Transit Center on Saturdays at 8:00 a.m. so you can transfer to Metra at 8:34 p.m., just like Saturdays. Return on the 6:15 p.m. Metra train to Kenosha.

The KRM commuter schedule can be found online. The Metra schedule is at lines/UP-N.

Editor’s note: This is a press release written by the City of Racine.