DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — A new Greyhound route means Northern Illinois University in DeKalb now has service from Chicago.

The (DeKalb) Daily Chronicle reports the new route is the only regional public transportation accessible to NIU's DeKalb campus. The NIU stop is part of the bus carrier's Interstate 88 corridor route. It runs from downtown Chicago to Davenport, Iowa. Service started in June.

Greyhound's route stops twice daily in DeKalb from Chicago and twice daily in DeKalb from Davenport. Stops going west from Chicago to Iowa include Naperville, DeKalb, Rochelle, Dixon and Moline.

The newspaper reports that the route is partially funded with a federal grant.

Greyhound spokeswoman Ashley Sears says the route helps provide transportation to those in rural areas.

NIU says 75 percent of its students are from the Chicago area.

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