Campus and community safety are a topic of constant concern. Recent crimes on and off campus are encouraging many to redouble their efforts to be safe after dark. This blog covers the services MTD provides in the evening and late night hours.
Evening Fixed Route Service
MTD’s fixed route daytime service wraps up by the end of the 6 o’clock hour all seven days of the week. There is more evening service Monday through Friday than on the weekends. Evening fixed route service begins at approximately 7 pm and runs through the 11 o’clock hour.
Monday through Friday, evening service is available on the 50 Green, 70 Grey, 100 Yellow, 110 Ruby, 120 Teal, 130 Silver, 180 Lime, and 220 Illini. It’s important to check the route and timetable for evening service as there is often some variation from the weekday daytime version of the route. The routing and frequency can also change whether or not the University of Illinois is in session or on break. All variations are detailed on the schedule and map. You can always contact us for clarification!
The same routes that operate evening service Monday through Friday operate Saturday evenings. Again, there is some variation in the routes and timetables, so please reference the appropriate schedule.
Late Night Fixed Route Service
Service that operates after midnight is categorized as late night. Thanks to the needs and funding from University of Illinois students, five routes operate seven days a week during the University of Illinois Fall and Spring Semesters.
The 50 Green Late Night operates between Lincoln Square and Illinois Terminal only with 20 minute frequency. The 100 Yellow Late Night operates between the Champaign Walmart and Lot E-14 with 30 minute frequency. The 120 Teal Late Night operates between Orchard Downs and Illinois Terminal with 20 minute frequency. The 130 Silver Late Night operates between Lincoln Square and PAR/FAR (Vet-Med every other trip with the last trip at 1:42 am) with 20 minute frequency. Finally, the 220 Illini Late Night operates the same routing and maintains 10 minute frequency.
These late night routes cease operation between 3 and 5 am. The final trip depends on the route as well as the day of the week. Four of the five routes operate later on Friday nights to respond to demand.
335 SafeRides is a demand response service that operates seven days a week during the UI Fall and Spring Semesters. A common saying at MTD when explaining the service is, “It’s not FastRides, it’s SafeRides.”
We inform riders to expect wait times of 15 minutes during the week and up to 30 minutes on the weekend. The purpose of the service is to provide safe transportation to individuals who are travelling alone and when no other means (read: not along fixed-route service) of safe transportation are available within the designated boundaries. Sunday through Wednesday three vans operate the service and divide the boundaries into distinct service areas. Thursday through Saturday four vans operate the service. The vans meet every 30 minutes at the Illini Union to transfer passengers, if needed, to each other’s service area.
The Illini Union, Armory & Wright (Main Library), and Illinois Street Residence Halls (ISR) offer designated pickups twice an hour. You do not need to schedule a pick up if you are boarding at one of these locations.
Daylight Saving Time Ends at 2:00 am this Sunday, November 2. As a result of fewer daylight hours, MTD pushes the start time of SafeRides from 7:00 to 5:00 pm. The 5:00 pm start time will run from November 3, 2014 through March 9, 2015.
SafeWalks is a terrific resource on campus for late night travel. The service is operated by students and managed by the University of Illinois Police Department. The UI Police Student Patrol will meet faculty, staff, and students and walk with them to their home, a nearby bus stop, etc. The Student Patrollers receive training and have radio communication with police officers. You can contact SafeWalks at 217.333.1216.