MTD invites you to give input on our proposed Route and Schedule Improvements for our 2015-2016 service year as well as discuss possible fare changes. We’re hosting a public hearing this Wednesday, May 20 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. The hearing will be at MTD’s Illinois Terminal in downtown Champaign in CityView on the fourth floor.
While a formal presentation will not be made, several staff and Board of Trustees members will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the information presented. This format has proven successful over the years. It enables lengthier and more in depth conversations with smaller groups of people. It also yields a more casual environment where conversations are not hampered by a formal meeting process.
1/100 Yellow: A portion of Woodfield Drive in Savoy, between Burwash and Arbour Towne, may close. The routing pictured in the link is the manner in which the route will operate once Woodfield Drive closes.
2/20 Red: All 2/20U Red trips will automatically enter Kenyon Road to serve the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (C-U PHD). Should passengers want to get off at C-U PHD on a northbound, 2/20C Red, trip they must request the stop immediately upon boarding. The additional C-U PHD service on every southbound Red, will slightly alter the schedule. The 2/20U Red will leave Market Place Mall three minutes earlier.
MTD staff spent many hours analyzing and communicating with the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District and the Champaign County Board about service needs. We want to best answer demand without impacting passengers needs for connecting buses. We hope the result proves beneficial to all!
5 Green: The 5 GREENhopper will no longer serve Horizon Hobby on Springfield & Staley. We propose it instead be served all day by the updated and enhanced 16 Pink. In the new service year, MTD proposes taking the GREENhopper westbound up Country Fair Drive to Parkland College twice an hour.
6 Orange: A small change in the name of schedule adherence, the Orange will no longer serve Camp. The 6 Orange schedule will not change.
7 Grey: The weekday daytime Grey will no longer interline with the 9A/9B Brown. This will not affect the routing or the 30-minute frequency, but the schedule will be adjusted. We believe this will improve on-time performance and make the service easier to use.
9A/9B Brown: As related to the 7 Grey above, MTD proposes eliminating interlining the 9A/9B Brown with the Grey as well as one another. This will change the frequency of the Browns from 30 minutes to approximately every 35 to 40 minutes. MTD also proposes eliminating limited service to the Sawgrass area. The expanded 16 Pink MTD proposes will serve the area.
16 Pink: A 16 Pink expansion is what we’re proposing for 2015! The Pink will become an A/B route (like the 9A/9B Brown and 180 Lime) that operates a 45-minute frequency with staggered arrival times at Country Fair. Each trip would serve Country Fair, run all the way south on Mattis to Windsor, serve the YMCA, Horizon Hobby, the Sawgrass area, and Parkland College. This brings many more connection opportunities for passengers seeking service in west Champaign.
21 Raven: Thanks to the passage of the University of Illinois transportation referendum, a new route will begin operating on campus. The 21 Raven will operate 30-minute frequency during the weekday daytime only. It will service Vet-Med and the approximate parameters of the main and south Quads. As a result, the 13 Silver will not serve Vet-Med during the weekday daytime. During the evenings and weekends, the 130 Silver will continue servicing Vet-Med.
27/270 Air Bus: Farewell, Air Bus. The last day of service will be August 31, 2015. Willard Airport and the Institute of Aviation are not in our operating District. The service has run in previous years thanks to subsidies from outside entities.
Fares: This provides a useful perspective on MTD’s fare history. We believe it puts in context our proposal for a fare increase. We propose a $12 increase for our Annual Pass, which is currently $72 and would go up to $84. We propose a $5 increase for our Monthly Pass, which is currently $15 and would go up to $20. The cash fare of $1 one-way, including a free transfer, will remain unchanged.
Unable to attend our public hearing? We still want to hear from you! You can say something in the comments below, submit a feedback form through our website, choose your preferred recipient in our contact list, or give us a call at 217.384.8188. Our service operates best when you’re a part of it.