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2018 MTD Board of Trustees Meetings

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT

MTD Board of Trustees meetings are generally held at 3 p.m. on the last Wednesday of the month* at the Champaign City Council Chambers, 102 North Neil Street, Champaign. They are televised on CGTV and available to view online at www.youtube.com/CUMTD.

January 25, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at Champaign City Council Chambers at 102 N. Neil St., Champaign
February 28, 2018 at 3:00 pm at Champaign City Council Chambers at 102 N. Neil St., Champaign
March 28, 2018 at 3:00 pm at Champaign City Council Chambers at 102 N. Neil St., Champaign
April 25, 2018 at 3:00 pm at Champaign City Council Chambers at 102 N. Neil St., Champaign
May 30, 2018 at 3:00 pm at Champaign City Council Chambers at 102 N. Neil St., Champaign
June 27, 2018 at 3:00 pm at Champaign City Council Chambers at 102 N. Neil St., Champaign
July 25, 2018 at 3:00 pm at Champaign City Council Chambers at 102 N. Neil St., Champaign
August 29, 2018 at 3:00 pm at Champaign City Council Chambers at 102 N. Neil St., Champaign
September 26, 2018 at 3:00 pm at Champaign City Council Chambers at 102 N. Neil St., Champaign
October 31, 2018 at 3:00 pm at Champaign City Council Chambers at 102 N. Neil St., Champaign
December 12, 2018 at 3:00 pm at Champaign City Council Chambers at 102 N. Neil St., Champaign

*With the exception of January, November, and December in 2018. 



Please Plan Ahead: MTD Holidays 2018

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Please make a note of the following 2018 holidays, on which MTD does not offer bus service.

New Year's Day (January 1, 2018)
Easter (April 1, 2018)
Memorial Day (May 28, 2018)
Independence Day (July 4, 2018)
Labor Day (September 3, 2018)
Thanksgiving (November 22, 2018)
Christmas Eve Evening (Daytime Service In Effect, No Evening or Late Night Service) (December 24, 2018)
Christmas Day (December 25, 2018)
New Year's Eve Evening (Daytime Service In Effect, No Evening or Late Night Service) (December 31, 2018)



MTD Service Reductions for UI Winter Break

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT

MTD service will be reduced during the University of Illinois Winter Break.  Reductions begin at the start of service on Saturday, December 23, 2017 and run through Saturday, January 13, 2018. Details of service reductions follow:

Saturday, December 23, 2017
50 Green, 100 Yellow, and 120 Teal late night service does not operate.
130 Silver Limited operates.
220 Illini Limited operates.
335 SafeRides service operates one vehicle from 5:00 PM through 12:30 AM in the service area.

Sunday, December 24, 2017
130 Silver Limited operates.
220 Illini Limited operates.
50 Green, 100 Yellow, and 120 Teal evening and late night service does not operate.
335 SafeRides service does not operate.

Monday, December 25, 2017
No MTD service for the Christmas Holiday

Weekday Service
2 Red Express does not operate.
12/120 Teal Limited Weekday operates at 20-minute service.
13 Silver Weekday operates at 20-minute service.
130 Silver Limited operates.
22/220 Illini Limited operates at 30-minute frequencies.
50 Green, 100 Yellow, and 120 Teal late night service does not operate.
335 SafeRides service operates one vehicle from 5:00 PM through 12:30 AM in the service area.

Sunday, December 31, 2017
130 Silver Limited operates.
220 Illini Limited operates.
50 Green, 100 Yellow, and 120 Teal evening and late night service does not operate.
335 SafeRides service does not operate.

Monday, January 1, 2018
No MTD service for the New Year's Day Holiday


Sunday, January 14, 2017
Full service resumes.



Veterans To Ride MTD at No Charge with New Veteran Pass, Available January 2, 2018

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Ahead of Veteran’s Day on November 11, the Board of Trustees of the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD) has unanimously approved the addition of an MTD Veteran Pass. Beginning January 2018, MTD will offer a free, unlimited, 3-year bus pass to any veteran who presents a State of Illinois-issued identification card or driver’s license carrying an official “Veteran” designation, a Military Retirement Card, a VA ID card, or the combination of a DD214 and valid State of Illinois ID card or Driver’s License.

“We are very happy to be able to offer this pass,” said MTD Managing Director Karl Gnadt. “We are grateful for the service to our country and community that veterans have selflessly given, and we hope to provide support to local veterans by increasing access and opportunity in some small way.”

Using 2015 Census Bureau data, MTD has estimated that there are over 2500 eligible veterans residing in the District and looks forward to this opportunity to serve those who’ve served. Veterans and others who would like more information can contact Jan Kijowski at 217.384.8188 or jkijowski@cumtd.com. 



$1.45M FTA Grant: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Buses

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT

A $1.45 million competitive Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant has
been awarded to the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD) for the purchase of no-emission, hydrogen fuel cell electric buses and associated infrastructure. The Low-No Emissions Grant is offered by the FTA to support the transition of the nation’s transit fleet to the lowest polluting and most energy efficient transit vehicles. Such a purchase will make MTD the first transit authority in the State of Illinois to add fuel cell electric buses to their fleet.

"The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District continues to be a leader in the region by providing innovative transportation services to the community, and this grant is no
exception,” said U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL13). "I'm proud to see the transit district receive these funds, which will add two new, energy-efficient buses to its fleet."

"The implementation of these two fuel cell buses is sure to pave the way for the future use of clean and viable energy in both the Champaign-Urbana area and the rest of the state of Illinois." said Illinois Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL).

In anticipation of this advancement of MTD’s environmentally friendly efforts, Karl
Gnadt, MTD’s Managing Director, attended the Midwest Center of Excellence’s 2017 Public Transit Workshop this week in Canton, Ohio to examine the technology firsthand and to learn about such things as fueling and infrastructure requirements.

“MTD has long been on the front edge of technological advances,” said Gnadt. “With this Low-No Emissions Grant, MTD will be the first transit system in the country to commercially operate 60-foot, articulated, hydrogen fuel cell electric buses. This is fantastic news for the University of Illinois campus and the greater Champaign-Urbana area. We are grateful that Representative Davis and Senators Durbin and Duckworth worked together to show support for this local initiative that advances positive, sustainable programs here at home. This grant would not have been possible without their support.”



Customer Service Director Amy Snyder Named to National 40 Under 40 List

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Amy Snyder, MTD's Customer Service Director was named to Mass Transit magazine's 40 Under 40 list on September 15, 2017. 

Mass Transit
, the only magazine exclusively dedicated to public transportation, announced their ninth annual Mass Transit Top 40 Under 40 list last week, honoring professionals who have made significant contributions to the public transit industry. Honorees were nominated by their peers and judged on criteria that included job commitment, industry involvement and contribution, as well as achievement and innovation in her field.

“Millions of people utilize public transportation every year, relying on it to transport them to work, school, medical appointments, and social and sporting activities,” says Mass Transit Publisher Emily Guill. “The individuals chosen for this year’s list have an eye for innovation and show a strong passion and commitment that exemplifies the best of the best.”

“Out of more than 160 nominations, these chosen professionals have proven records of accomplishments, making a difference at their companies or transit agencies, in their communities and in the industry,” adds Executive Editor Leah Harnack. “It was challenging to narrow it down, but we are confident that this list of professionals will continue to play a significant role in public transportation for decades to come.”

Amy was showcased in the September/October cover feature of Mass Transit magazine and online



MTD's 2017-18 Service Year Begins Sunday, August 13

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 00:00:00 GMT

MTD’s 2017-18 service year will begin on Sunday, August 13. MTD's new Maps & Schedules book takes effect the same day and is available on MTD buses and at Illinois Terminal. 
 
In addition to a few timetable and routing adjustments, our passengers and the public should be aware of several larger changes this year: MTD is moving to a Designated Stops system, Round Barn Road in Champaign is now the main transfer point for routes in west Champaign, and MCORE project work will continue in and around Campustown.
 
Designated Stops
MTD’s move to designated stops has been being planned for a few years and is being enacted system-wide August 13, 2017. MTD hosted a series of public hearings about this change and has actively sought input from passengers and community members which were incorporated into our planning process. Moving to a designated stop system means that all boardings and alightings to MTD buses will now only occur at a bus stop sign. We know that passengers will have questions, and we're here to help: Call 217.384.8188 anytime our buses are running to find out if your stop has changed. 

Round Barn Road
On May 27, 2017, the stops on Round Barn Road east of Crescent Drive in Champaign replaced former stops at Country Fair Shopping Center as the main transfer point for west Champaign routes. This change will remain in effect this fall. 

MCORE
MCORE work continues in Campustown and reroutes should be expected. Follow MTD on Twitter or Facebook for #CUTraffic updates and sign up for MyRIDE at cumtd.com to receive customized MTD reroute alerts. 

Prior to a later-than-usual start date of Monday, August 28, 2017 for classes at the University of Illinois, all summer reductions in MTD service will end Friday, August 25.



MTD's Illinois Terminal Expansion Project to Merge with Downtown Hotel Project, Seek Hockey Partnership

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Developer Hans Grotelueschen’s major downtown Champaign project once sited at Washington and Walnut streets will move several blocks south and east to merge with a planned expansion of Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District’s (MTD’s) Illinois Terminal. 

As part of a new vision for this development, Grotelueschen and MTD officials are also evaluating a hockey arena and athletics event center for approximately 5000 spectators. In so doing, they hope to partner with the University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics (DIA), which recently announced that it was studying the feasibility of adding Division I ice hockey.

“When we were in the beginning planning stages for the development at Washington & Walnut,” explained Grotelueschen, “we quickly realized that we would have tremendous benefits from a location that was proximate to a transportation hub. I heard through the grapevine that MTD was considering an expansion of their terminal in downtown Champaign, and have been working toward the development of that site.”

“With the site’s expanded footprint (approximately 8-10 acres versus the original 4-acre site), and given DIA’s expressed interest in exploring Division I hockey, the opportunity to include an athletics event center in the plan makes the development project that much more attractive and impactful for the Champaign-Urbana community.”

The project will be immediately accessible by bus, train, bicyclists and pedestrians, and will cement the strong and growing connection between Downtown, Midtown and Campustown.

“Expanding Illinois Terminal has been something that we’ve been working on for a few years now,” said MTD Managing Director Karl Gnadt, “and combining our project with Hans’ makes so much sense. It brings a significant amount of dynamic activity right to the heart of our transit services, making for extremely efficient operations. Effective partnerships like this maximize resources and benefits for Champaign, Urbana, and the University.”

Bruce Knight, Planning and Development Director for the City of Champaign, noted that the new location still accomplishes the same goals for the City as the northern site did, “It is in the same newly formed Tax Increment Finance District, brings new investment to downtown that builds the customer base for the many locally owned bars and resaurants in the area, and redevelops underutilized land. The new site has the added benefit of advancing a long time City Council goal of better connecting downtown and the University District. City staff is very excited to bring this concept to City Council for its consideration.”

The Champaign City Council is scheduled to conduct a study session for this development on August 22, 2017.




Changes to Country Fair Stops

Mon, 22 May 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Beginning Saturday, May 27, 2017, all Country Fair Shopping Center stops on every Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD) route will be suspended. Many of these stops will be temporarily relocated along Round Barn Road just east of Crescent Drive in Champaign until a more permanent solution is announced. Routes that operate along Springfield Avenue can stop at Country Fair Drive, the Round Barn entrance, and Mattis.

MTD has begun outreach in the area and is available to educate nearby business owners and plan trips for affected passengers. 

MTD passengers can find out what this means for them by following MTD on Twitter or Facebook, utilizing transit apps, calling MTD at 217.384.8188, or visiting our reroutes page. View route maps showing designated stop locations in our Documents Section under Round Barn Country Fair Area Changes May 2017.

REROUTES 

STOP LOCATION: Two stops will be established on Round Barn Road, East of Crescent. A North side stop and a South side stop.

4 Blue: Crescent to John to Mattis to Round Barn Road and regular route.

5/50E Green: Springfield to Mattis to Round Barn Road to Country Fair Drive to Springfield and regular route.

5/50E GREENhopper
: Springfield to Mattis to Round Barn Road to Country Fair Drive and regular route.

5/50W Green: Springfield to Mattis to Round Barn Road to Country Fair Drive to Springfield and regular route.

5/50W GREENhopper: Country Fair Drive to Springfield to Mattis to Round Barn Road to Country Fair Drive to Springfield and regular route.

5E Green Express: Crescent to John to Mattis to Round Barn Road to Country Fair Drive to Springfield and regular route.

5W Green Express: Springfield to Mattis to Round Barn Road to Country Fair Drive to Springfield and regular route.

6 Orange: Country Fair Drive to Springfield to Mattis to Round Barn Road to County Fair Drive and regular route.

9A Brown: Crescent to John to Mattis to Round Barn Road to Country Fair Drive to Springfield and regular route.

9B Brown
: Springfield to Mattis to Round Barn Road to Crescent and regular route.

16A Pink: Country Fair Drive to Round Barn Road to Mattis and regular route.

16B Pink: Mattis to Round Barn Road to Country Fair Drive and regular route.

70 Grey: Country Fair Drive to Springfield to Mattis to Round Barn Road to Country Fair Drive and regular route.

180A Lime: Springfield to Country Fair Drive to Round Barn Road to Mattis and regular route.

180B Lime: Mattis to Round Barn Road to Country Fair Drive to Springfield and regular route.

180B Lime (from Parkland)
: Country Fair Drive Springfield to Mattis to Round Barn Road to Country Fair Drive to Springfield and regular route.

Update: 06/06/17 Correcting an error in the listing for 5E Green Express



MCORE Work Has Begun on Green Street

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT

The transformative $44 Million Multimodal Corridor Enhancement (MCORE) Project has begun to improve mobility in the core of our community when work. Project partners (the City of Champaign, City of Urbana, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), in coordination with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), awarded construction contracts for Projects 1, 2, and 3 to Duce Construction Company (Champaign, IL) in December.

The scale of this infrastructure improvement project on key corridors will have significant vehicular and pedestrian traffic impacts including detours and street and sidewalk closures during construction. About one week before construction begins, message boards will be placed in highly visible locations to help alert and notify the public. As MCORE work gets underway, motorists and bicyclists are encouraged to slow down, exercise caution, and obey all traffic control signs and devices when traveling through the general construction area. MTD bus routes will be rerouted as necessary and bus stops may be temporarily relocated. As work is scheduled, up-to-date information will be available on this website.

The MCORE Project will improve access for all modes of transportation in critical campus and neighboring areas including Green Street, Armory Avenue, White Street, and Wright Street. The $44 Million MCORE Project is funded in part by a $15.7 Million Federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

New streetscape improvements, a transit boarding island on Green Street, reconfigured Illini Union vehicle entrance and parking, all-way pedestrian crossings, and protected bicycle lanes are several features that will enhance critical linkages from both downtowns to Campustown in the core of our community.

Projects 1, 2, and 3 are expected to be completed by the end of 2018. See a map of the project areas below or at www.mcoreproject.com. The final project designs include careful consideration of feedback received from stakeholder meetings and community outreach, web form submissions, and surveys from the MCORE Project Open House in May 2015.

All Campustown businesses will continue to be open and reachable throughout the entire project. Stay informed on Facebook, Twitter, and email subscription.

MCORE partners would like to thank you for your cooperation and patience as this important project gets underway.



5/50 Green/GREENhopper/Green Express Designated Stops

Tue, 24 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT

Following is a list of the designated stop locations for the 5/50 Green/GREENhopper/Green Express Routes. These stops  are the only stops at which the routes will stop. (Note that this is a comprehensive list of all stops; not every day part stops at each of these locations. It is dependent upon the routing for that day part.)Amber & Myra RidgeAmber & PhiloAnderson & FairlawnAnderson & MichiganBig LotsBradley & ClaytonBradley & Country Fair Dr.Brady & HighChemical & Life SciencesCherry Hills & ApplewoodCherry Hills & CoppertreeCherry Hills & CurtisCherry Hills & LakeviewCherry Hills & Pine ValleyChurch & NeilClark Lindsey VillageColorado at Steer PlaceCottage Grove & BrightonCottage Grove & ColoradoCottage Grove & ColoradoCottage Grove & Glenwood OaksCottage Grove & HardingCottage Grove & MitchemCottage Grove & PennCountry FairCountry Fair Dr. & CampCountry Fair Dr. & ConeCountry Fair Dr. & ParkCountry Fair Dr. at Fluid EventsCountry Fair Dr. at R.P. LumberCountry Fair West EntranceCountry Squire & KinchCountry Squire Ct.County MarketCounty Satellite JailCoventry & MaynardCoventry & RoxfordCrescent & GreendaleCrescent & JohnCrescent & LawndaleCrescent & OlaCrescent & Round BarnCrescent & SangamonCrescent & WilliamCurtis & WynstoneCyprus Point & Stillwater Landing (SE)DARTDodson & IllinoisDodson & WashingtonDuncan & Fields EastDuncan & Prairie MeadowDuncan & Rolling AcresDuncan & StoneybrookDuncan & ValleybrookFairlawnFlorida & AdamsFlorida & BermudaFlorida & Cottage GroveFlorida & CurtissFlorida & James CherryFlorida & KinchFlorida & LindenFlorida & OrchardFlorida & PhiloFlorida & RaceFlorida & SmithFlorida at Thomas PaineFourth & GregoryFourth & PeabodyGeorge Huff & RaceGoodwin & GregoryGoodwin & NevadaGreen & BirchGreen & BuseyGreen & CedarGreen & FourthGreen & GoodwinGreen & GregoryGreen & LocustGreen & MathewsGreen & NeilGreen & OrchardGreen & RaceGreen & RandolphGreen & SecondGreen & SixthGreen & StateGregory at LibraryGregory at Mumford HallHalifax & MaynardHeritage ParkHunter & LanoreIllini Union Illini Union (Engineering Side)Illinois Terminal (Platform A)Illinois Terminal (Platform B)Jefferson Middle SchoolJohn & KenwoodJohn & DogwoodJohn & DuncanJohn & GoldenviewJohn & Mitchell Ct.Kinch & Lantern HallKirby & BelleparkKirby & CarolynKirby & CrescentKirby & DuncanKirby & KenwoodKirby & ScottsdaleKirby & StratfordKirby & WestfieldKrannert Center Lakeshore & MaynardLakeview & WedgewoodLakeview & WorthingtonLawndale & BelleparkLierman & HunterLincoln Square Garage EastLincoln Square Garage SouthMacArthur & CaliforniaMain & Art BartellMain & BradyMain & DeweyMain & DodsonMain & EnnisMain & FremontMain & LiermanMain & ScottswoodMain & SmithMain at ILEASMaplepark & MaplewoodMaplepark & SangamonMaplepark & WilliamMaynard & CoventryMichigan & Green RidgeMichigan & KinchMichigan & SmithMoraine & Lake ShoreNeil & HealeyNeil & MarshallNeil & SpringfieldNeil & WhiteOrchard Downs Mid-NorthOrchard Downs Mid-SouthOrchard Downs North ShelterOrchard Downs South ShelterParkland College (Main Stop)Penn & AndersonPenn & WileyPennsylvania & FourthPennsylvania & SixthPennsylvania Ct.Philo & ColoradoPhilo & MumfordPhilo & SilverPhilo & WindsorRace & HolmesRace & MainRace & McHenryRace & Whitehall Ct.Race & WindsorRace at Stone Creek ChurchRandolp[...]



Economic Impact of Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District

Mon, 04 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT

MTD commissioned an Economic Impact Analysis of the system to learn how MTD contributes to the local and regional economy. MTD impacts the local and regional economy as a: major employer; buyer of goods and services; sponsor of construction projects; and generator of (indirect) tax revenues. Please visit the website's Planning Documents to review the results of this Economic Impact Study.



MTD Adopt-a-Shelter Program

Mon, 04 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT

MTD's Adopt-a-Shelter Program is available for the approximately 100 bus shelters in Champaign, Urbana, and Savoy, and on the University of Illinois campus. Anyone with an interest is invited to apply; those interested may include individuals, businesses, community groups, and student associations. Everyone is welcome to send in an application. Adopters will be acknowledged in MTD promotions and with a sticker affixed to the shelter.

Adopters will be given a (one time) Monthly Pass and cleaning supplies such as a broom and dustpan, squeegee and spray bottle, and trash bags. It is asked that the adopters clean their shelters at least once each month during the one-year term. Responsibilities include cleaning the shelter windows, picking/sweeping up litter, and ensuring that up-to-date information is posted at the shelter. It is asked that we be immediately notified of any damage, vandalism, or dangerous situation so that such problems can be quickly rectified.

MTD has a dedicated Maintenance team that routinely cares for the bus shelters. There's nothing better, however, than having someone who is frequently at the shelter keep an eye on things. The adopter can readily note day-to-day changes and problems that may arise. It's extremely important that the waiting environment be safe and tidy for MTD customers and adopters' neighbors.

To express an interest in adopting a shelter, an email should be sent to adoptashelter@cumtd.com or you can give us a call at 217.384.8188. If there is a particular shelter the adopter has in mind, let us know. We will contact the interested party with all of the necessary information and send an application and waiver to be completed.



MTD a Silver Bicycle Friendly Business

Thu, 18 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT

The League of American Bicyclists has recognized the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD) with a Silver Bicycle Friendly Business (BFBSM) award, joining more than 1,100 visionary businesses from across the country. MTD joins a cutting-edge group of 1,132 local businesses, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies in 49 states and Washington, D.C., that are transforming the American workplace. “The business community’s investment in bicycling is playing a central role in making the country a safer, happier, and more sustainable place to live and work,” said Amelia Neptune, League Bicycle Friendly Business Program Manager. “We applaud this new round of businesses, including MTD, for leading the charge in creating a bicycle-friendly America for everyone.”

Being bicycle friendly saves local businesses and communities money as research shows that people who bicycle save money not only on transportation but also in health care costs. MTD encourages bicycling as an easy option for transportation and provides amenities such as bicycle racks on all its buses and bicycle parking at major transit hubs, and has been a leader in supporting bicycling as a mode of transportation. MTD’s efforts to create a bicycle friendly community helped secure the $16.7 million dollar TIGER grant for the MCORE project that is rebuilding core transit routes to improve safety for all roadway users, including bicyclists.

Jeff Yockey, Executive Director of Champaign County Bikes, said, "This award recognizes MTD not for their work in the community, but their work and commitment to their employees! MTD practices what it encourages: an active transportation lifestyle.”

Moving forward, MTD will have access to a variety of tools and technical assistance from the League to become even more bicycle-friendly. When our employees bike, great things happen: decreased carbon footprint, reduced health care costs, connections to the community, and a fun and healthy work culture.

To apply or learn more about the BFB program, visit the League online at www.bikeleague.org/business.

About the Bicycle Friendly AmericaSM Program
The Bicycle Friendly CommunitySM, Bicycle Friendly StateSM, Bicycle Friendly Business and Bicycle Friendly UniversitySM programs are generously supported by program partner Trek Bicycle Corp and Silver-level BFA Sponsor Planet Bike. To learn more about building a Bicycle Friendly America, visit www.bikeleague.org/BFA. The League of American Bicyclists is leading the movement to create a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. As leaders, our commitment is to listen and learn, define standards and share best practices to engage diverse communities and build a powerful, unified voice for change.




Save Dough! Get an Annual Pass for $84 or Monthly Pass for $20

Mon, 24 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT

You can save a bundle with the purchase of an Annual Pass or a Monthly Pass. An Annual Pass is only $84. Monthly Passes are $20. Both are available for purchase at Illinois Terminal starting during the last week of each month. We also have All Day Passes available on Saturday or Sunday. Purchase an All Day Pass from your bus operator for $2.

Thank you for riding MTD!



Check Out MTD's Mobile Site!

Thu, 09 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT

You can get real-time information for any MTD stops quickly and easily with the mobile site at m.cumtd.com. When you're on the go the mobile site is a great option...maybe an app isn't your cup of tea, or you can't remember your stop's code for SMS texting. Give the mobile site a try instead!



MTD Receives APTA Gold Level Achievement

Tue, 05 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD) has received Gold Level Achievement recognition from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) for its Sustainability Commitment. MTD's award was recognized Monday, August 4, 2014 by APTA Chair Peter Varga at the APTA Sustainability and Public Transportation Workshop in Boston. Managing Director Karl Gnadt accepted the Gold Level Achievement, the second highest available through APTA's Sustainability Commitment. There are ten other public transportation agencies in the country at the Gold level and only one transit agency at the highest level, Platinum.


MTD first joined the APTA Sustainability Commitment in 2009 as a founding signatory. As a founding signatory, MTD committed to a core set of actions on sustainability. As the goals were achieved, signatories could choose to apply for higher recognition. In February 2014, MTD applied for Gold Level recognition. The APTA notice to MTD of having achieved Gold Level recognition stated, "The peer review team was impressed with the integration of sustainability goals in your strategic plan, as well as your projects and outreach efforts. This is a great accomplishment -- you will be joining a select list of APTA members that represent those most committed to sustainability at the organizational level."


The APTA Sustainability Commitment sets out common sustainability principles, an action plan, and a course for progress. The commitment also supports the exchange of good practice and aims to mark the achievement in sustainability the public transportation industry is making overall. Through the commitment, the public transportation industry is demonstrating its significant contribution to and measureable leadership on sustainability.


Elements include Action Items, Stretch Goals, and Reduction Targets. Examples of Action Items achieved include installation of a geothermal heating/cooling system, installation of a white roof, use of daylighting in office space, and reducing the greenhouse gas impact of buses. Examples of Stretch Goals include increasing the percentage of hybrid vehicles in the fleet to 75%, and expanding the Environmental and Sustainability Management System (ESMS) to additional MTD buildings beyond the Maintenance Facility. Examples of Reduction Targets achieved include reducing total water usage by 20% from 2009 to 2012, reducing criterial air pollutant emissions by 46% from 2009 to 2012, and reducing energy use in facilities by 22% from 2009 to 2012.


By joining the APTA Sustainability Commitment and working to achieve the Action Items, embracing the Stretch Goals, and identifying Reduction Targets, MTD continues to seek objective measures for the MTD sustainability program. In 2013 and 2014, MTD's ESMS program's efficacy was further acknowledged by receipt of Illinois Green Business Association certification, the 2013 Governor's Sustainability Award, and the Champaign County Design and Conservation Foundation's 2014 Outstanding Service Award.




MTD Receives Healthy Worksite Designation

Tue, 01 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD) received a Bronze level Illinois Healthy Worksite Designation July 1, 2014. The Illinois Healthy Worksite Designation was created in 2014 to recognize workplaces with healthy practices that benefit both employers and employees. The designation is sponsored by the Governor's Council on Health and Fitness, the Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. The three-year award will be recognized state-wide and MTD will receive a Certificate of Achievement from the Governor's Office.


MTD was one of six Champaign County employers to apply for a Healthy Worksite award. There were 58 applications submitted statewide. Out of that pool of applicants, four received Gold level recognition, nine qualified at the Silver level, and 15, including MTD, were designated Bronze-level qualifiers. Tara McCauley, Special Projects Coordinator at the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District stated, "There are many employers in Champaign County who are doing incredible work to promote the health of their employees...Worksites are an essential place to intervene in the health of our community, and these employers can share how healthy employees also make organizations stronger and more productive."


MTD's Wellness Committee is chaired by Stuart Smith, Illinois Terminal Director, and is staffed by volunteer MTD employees. The committee manages MTD's on-site Fitness Center available to MTD employees and their families for a monthly fee. Programs available through the Fitness Center encourage participation and exercise through various incentive packages. A fitness trainer is available for consultation and to help employees customize their workout routine to fit their personal needs. The Fitness Center and its activities are funded by employee contributions.


MTD is the public transportation provider for Champaign, Urbana, Savoy, and the University of Illinois. MTD operates seven days a week, and provided more than 13 million rides in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014.




Karl Gnadt MTD's Managing Director

Tue, 01 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT

On July 1, 2014, Karl Gnadt became MTD's Managing Director. Mr. Gnadt began as MTD's Director of Market Development in 1995. He graduated from Indiana University in 1990 with a B.S. in Public Administration, Public Transportation concentration. After college, Mr. Gnadt joined Danville (IL) Mass Transit where he became the Mass Transit Director in 1991. Among his accomplishments are:   

  • Leading and collaborating on construction and acquisition projects to physically grow District facilities and fleet
  • Managing implementation of sophisticated technological tools to improve operations and communications 
  • Building long-term, successful relationships with governmental partners including the Federal Transit Administration and the Illinois Department of Transportation 
  • Having sole responsibility for grant management and assisting with budget preparation and management 
  • Developing and launching a comprehensive real-time information communication system and District website 
  • Launching multiple image and awareness campaigns and developing the District's successful use of social media
  • Leading and championing sustainability initiatives and MTD's quest for ISO 14001 certification 
  • Participating actively in the American Public Transportation Association and Illinois Public Transportation Association

Gnadt said, "I'm very excited to be working with such a hard-working, dedicated group of people. MTD has been built on the backs of their commitment and sweat. And we've got great places still to go."  

MTD employs 345, operates 102 buses, and provides more than 13 million annual rides. Mr. Gnadt's skills, energy, and experience will enable the District to continue on the path of excellence, dependability, innovation, and growth.



No Car on Campus? Let Zipcar Help.

Mon, 13 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Make bumming a ride a thing of the past and use Zipcar. Zipcar is a member-based carsharing service on campus that allows 18+ students to use cars by the hour or the day- gas and insurance included. So, if you decided to leave the car at home to save on parking, then Zipcar is your new best friend.


To join, check out zipcar.com/campus.




MTD Environmental Program Certified

Mon, 23 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT

The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District's (MTD) Environmental and Sustainability Management System (ESMS) was certified by Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance to ISO 14001:2004 standards. MTD began work to achieve this certification in 2011 when it enrolled in the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) ISO 14001 EMS Institute at Virginia Tech University. MTD is only the sixth transit provider in the country, and the only transit provider in Illinois, to have its program certified.The International Standards Organization (ISO) 14000 family of standards addresses various aspects of environmental management; ISO 14001:2004 deals specifically with environmental sustainability and management systems. These management tools enable an organization to control the environmental impact of its activities and represent a structured approach to setting environmental objectives and targets. Fulfilling the requirements of the standard demands objective evidence which can be audited to demonstrate that the environmental management system is operating effectively in conformance with the standard. Benefits include higher conformance with legislative and regulatory requirements, improved efficiency, minimized risk of regulatory and environmental fines, reductions in waste and consumption of resources, and better internal controls.Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) conducted the certification audit of MTD's program. LRQA is the world's leading provider of independent assessment services and is recognized by over 50 accreditation bodies. LRQA personnel visited MTD several times and conducted a complete external audit of the program. The boundary, or fence line, for the audited program is the Maintenance Facility and grounds at 803 East University in Urbana. The site includes a fueling station, bus wash, body shop, light and heavy maintenance bays, a machine shop, tire shop, parts storage, and bus overflow storage. Approximately 53 people are directly engaged in the delivery of these services. While the Maintenance Facility encompasses the fence line for the ISO 14001:2004 standard audit, MTD's environmental commitment is company-wide as espoused in the Environmental Policy adopted by the MTD Board of Trustees on March 30, 2011.MTD staff worked industriously to take what was learned at the Virginia Tech EMS Institute and turn it into a certified program. Bob Herbert, the Institute's lead instructor, enthusiastically said that "CUMTD is among an elite group of progressive public transit agencies adopting and achieving independent third party certification on implementation of ISO 14001 Environmental and Sustainable Management System. CUMTD's use of ISO 14001 demonstrates an innovative and forward thinking approach." Antoinette Quagliata, Environmental Protection Specialist at the Federal Transit Administration added, "I would like to congratulate the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District on achieving ISO 14001 Certification--it is something the whole agency can take pride in! While FTA's [EMS Training and Technical Assistance] program is based on the ISO 14001 standard, certification is not required. So it is an achievement indeed when an agency such as CUMTD voluntarily decides to carry their EMS commitment to the next level and pursue certification."MTD Board Trustee Willard Broom, who was heavily involved during the process, believes "the Certification represents an important commitment by MTD to the community. Through a lot of effort, MTD has built an organization that is committed to the high[...]



MTD Wants Your Feedback!

Tue, 18 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

We LOVE to hear from our passengers with comments and suggestions about MTD service. If you have something you would like to share, please don't hesitate to contact MTD. Follow and chat with us on Twitter and Facebook, or fill out a feedback form. We read everything and disseminate these comments widely within MTD. Our customers are important to us and we want to meet your needs.



Open Application Programming Interface (API)

Mon, 02 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Developers are welcome to use MTD's open API (Application Programming Interface)! If you’re not familiar with that phrase, it is a way for software developers to incorporate CUMTD’s route, schedule, and real-time departure information into their applications, websites, and mashups. With the open API, developers can confidently create applications with scheduled and real-time departure data. Interfaces filled with STOPwatch data and route information make riding public transit easy and personal. 

Other than our web applications and widget, CUMTD does not currently provide any other native applications of its own. All applications, free and otherwise, are not affiliated with CUMTD. 

Party on developers!



Designated Stops and iStops on and near UI Campus

Thu, 19 Aug 2010 00:00:00 GMT

A large number of "Designated Stops" exist for routes operating on and near the University of Illinois campus. Be sure to check the map for the route you ride -- designated stops are indicated on the map with a star inside a pink circle. There is a bus stop sign or a shelter at each Designated Stop location with information about the routes serving the stop.

Some Designated Stops are also iStops where no identification (or fare) is required. Not all Designated Stops are iStops, however, so please be prepared to show a UI Identification card or pay a fare.



iStops

Thu, 19 Aug 2010 00:00:00 GMT

iStops are stops on the University of Illinois campus where it is unnecessary to show identification or pay a fare to ride the Gold, Illini, Silver, Teal, and Yellow routes. iStop locations are indicated on these routes' maps with an iStop symbol (an orange octagon with a white "i" inside). iStops are also identified as such on signage at the stop location.



Public Transportation Reduces Greenhouse Gases and Conserves Energy

Wed, 12 Mar 2008 00:00:00 GMT

The American Public Transportation Association has announced results of a study titled “Broadening the Connection between Public Transportation and Energy Conservation.” The study found that the most energy efficient households in America producing the least amount of carbon are located within close proximity of a bus or rail line. The people in those households drive an average of 4,400 fewer miles annually as compared to persons in similar households with no access to public transportation. Public transportation users in the U.S. save the equivalent of 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually—more than 11 million gallons of gasoline per day.

While many of the results are applicable at the national level and especially in large cities, even in small communities like ours the use of public transportation is something that an individual can do TODAY to reduce their carbon footprint, and to help alleviate congestion.  The study reports that people living in households near public transportation travel 12 fewer miles per day which is 27% less than persons in households with no access to public transit. This equates to an individual household reduction of 223 gallons of gasoline a year. By eliminating one car and taking public transportation instead of driving, a savings of up to 30% of carbon dioxide emissions can be realized.  

For complete study results and more information, visit the APTA website.