SafeRides

SafeRides is a limited MTD service that provides safe transportation for individuals who are generally traveling alone when no other means of safe transportation is available.

There is a maximum of three persons per pick-up location, except at the Illini Union, the Illinois Residence Hall and the Main Library at the corner of Amory and Wright. SafeRides does not duplicate service already provided by other MTD routes and does not provide emergency transportation services to medical facilities nor transportation to bars.

Availability

University of Illinois fall and spring semester days

  • August 26 – November 2, 2013: 7:00 PM – 6:30 AM
  • November 3, 2013 – March 8, 2014: 5:00 PM – 6:30 AM
  • March 9 – May 9, 2014: 7:00 PM – 6:30 AM

Reduced service

SafeRides service will end at 12:30 AM instead of 6:30 AM during the University of Illinois fall, winter, and spring breaks:

  • November 23 – 30, 2013: 5:00 PM – 12:30 AM
  • December 21, 2013 – January 19, 2014: 5:00 PM – 12:30 AM
  • March 22 – 30, 2014: 7:00 PM – 12:30 AM

There is no SafeRides service during University of Illinois summer sessions I and II.

Due to reduced MTD service, there will be no SafeRides service on the following Sundays: November 24, December 22, and December 29, 2013; January 5, January 12, and March 25, 2014.

What it is

The purpose of 335 SafeRides is to provide safe transportation to individuals who are generally traveling alone when no other means of safe transportation are available within the designated 335 SafeRides boundaries. There is a maximum limit of three (3) persons per pick-up location, except at the Illini Union, ISR, and the Main Library at Armory & Wright. 335 SafeRides does not duplicate fixed-route service already provided by the MTD. 335 SafeRides does not provide emergency transportation services to medical facilities. 335 SafeRides does not provide service to and from bars.

How to use it

This depends on where you are, where you want to go, and the hour. From Dusk (7:00P/5:00P) until 6:00A you can use 335 SafeRides by calling 217.265.7433 anywhere within the designated boundaries (see map on next page), provided there are three (3) persons or less at the pick-up location and the trip cannot be completed directly on a fixed route. Provide the dispatcher with the following information: your name (first & last), phone number, pickup location (street address/landmark), and destination. If your trip is within the 335 SafeRides boundaries, the dispatcher will then inform you of a scheduled pick-up time.

Expect waiting times of 15 minutes during the week and up to 30 minutes on the weekend when demand is higher. Upon boarding the 335 SafeRides van, the person who scheduled the trip will be required to display their valid pass or pay the appropriate fare to the 335 SafeRides operator. As a courtesy to other 335 SafeRides passengers, please be at the scheduled location when the operator arrives. Upon arriving at a pick-up location, the 335 SafeRides operator will only wait two minutes for passengers to board before continuing to the next scheduled pick-up/drop-off location. Calls for 335 SafeRides will be taken until 6:00A for trips to be completed by 6:30A.

From 9:00P to 3:00A you can board a 335 SafeRides vehicle at either Armory & Wright, the Main Library (:27 and :57 after the hour), Illinois Street Residence Hall (:27 and :57 after the hour), or the Illini Union (:00 and :30 after the hour). When boarding the 335 SafeRides van, the person who scheduled the trip will be required to display their valid pass or pay the appropriate fare to the 335 SafeRides operator. After 3:00A, routine pick-ups at the Main Library, Illinois Street Residence Hall, and the Illini Union are discontinued. Please call to make arrangements for a pick-up.

If your pick-up and drop-off locations are both directly on any fixed route (example: residence hall to residence hall trips) and/or there are more than three (3) persons traveling together, you will be required to use the fixed routes to complete your trip.

SafeWalks Escort Service is also available for short walking trips on campus by calling 217.333.1216 or by contacting the University Police via emergency campus phone.