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ROUTE 410, 411 & 412


Due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020, the Niles Free Bus (Routes 410, 411 and 412) will temporarily operate  weekday services on a Saturday/Sunday schedule until further notice.  Service on Saturday and Sunday will continue to operate as scheduled.  

This modification is being done to adjust for the reduced number of riders due to school closures, work-from-home mandates, and other consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

All routes will operate (410, 411 and 412) on a 7 day (Weekend Service) schedule.  This will eliminate 3 runs of service, and shift start times from 6:33 a.m. to 9:33 a.m. (411), 6:43 a.m. to 9:43 a.m. (410) and 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m (412).  We will maintain the number of buses on the road to allow for social distancing.

The reduced schedules will remain in effect until health officials deem the crisis has passed.

The Niles Free Bus is a courtesy bus system operation within the Village of Niles at no charge to riders. The Free Bus runs continually from 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays, and 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekends. The buses stop at all major shopping centers, public facilities, and within a short distance of every residence.

Niles Free Bus System Service Changes

To improve transit access for Niles residents, employers, and businesses, the Niles Free Bus System will change beginning May 2, 2016. Service enhancements include more frequent service, a simpler routing structure, improved service to key destinations, faster and more direct service within Niles, early morning and weekend service on all routes, and better timed trips for school and employment destinations.

Service changes include a new service, Route 410; the restructuring of Route 411 and Route 412; and the discontinuation of Route 413. EFFECTIVE MONDAY, MAY 2, 2016. 

UPDATE: Effective Thursday, May 11, 2017, Route 410 service on Washington Street between Lyons Street and Foster Lane is discontinued until further notice. The rest of Route 410 will continue to be served as usual.

Bus Schedules

Bus schedules can be obtained at the Administration Building, Maintenance Garage, or on any bus. The Free Bus will not operate on New Year's Day, President's Day, Spring Holiday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. For specific information, you can view the links below or contact the maintenance building at 847-588-7960.

Route 410 - Niles East Niles Local Service 

NEW Route 410 East Niles Local will serve the east side of Niles, replacing part of Route 411. Service will run every 30 minutes.

UPDATE: Effective Thursday, May 11, 2017, Route 410 service on Washington Street between Lyons Street and Foster Lane is discontinued until further notice. The rest of Route 410 will continue to be served as usual.
The Route 410 serves: 
  • Golf Mill 
  • Notre Dame 
  • Public Library 
  • Civic Center Plaza 
  • Village Crossing 
View the 410 Route and Schedule*

*Please note, service on Washington Street north of Lyons Street (timepoint #7 on the route map) has been discontinued until further notice.

Route 411 - Niles Local Service

Route 411 Niles Local Service will be split into two separate routes. A redesigned Route 411, renamed as “West Niles Local” will serve the west side of Niles, while a new Route 410 will replace service on the east side of Niles. Service in areas with no or low ridership will be discontinued or reduced. Service will run every 30 minutes. 


The Route 411 serves:
  • Dempster Plaza
  • Golf Mill
  • Leaning Tower YMCA
  • Oak Mill Plaza
  • Public Library
View the 411 Route and Schedule

Route 412 - Niles Shopper's Special

Route 412 Niles Shopper’s Special will be extended to serve Dee Road, while discontinuing or reducing service in unproductive areas. It will be renamed as “North Niles Circulator.” Service will run every 30-40 minutes.

 The Route 412 serves:
  • Four Flaggs
  • Golf Glen
  • Golf Mill
  • Milwaukee-Golf Shopping Center
View the 412 Route and Schedule.  
Route 413 Niles South End Special was discontinued, and Routes 410 and 411 replaced service in high ridership areas.

At Golf Mill Mall, convenient transfers can be made between new Routes 410, 411, and 412. At Village Crossing Shopping Center, convenient transfers can be made between new Routes 410 and 411. At both locations, most transfers between new Routes 410 and 411 can occur without even having to get off the bus. Please consult the new schedules, dated May 2, 2016, for connection opportunities.