January 31, 2015
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Illinois Terminal Got Swarmed

Champaign’s own professional minor league basketball team recently swarmed Illinois Terminal last Friday, January 23 for their team’s season photos. Champaign Swarm plays in the Midwest Professional Basketball Association (MPBA) and their home court is at Parkland College.

The Champaign Swarm fondly refers to themselves as a “bus league” because all their games are within busing distance. Their 2015 schedule is available and their Facebook Page offers lots of fun content.

Illinois Terminal is Your Ticket to Ride

MTD’s Illinois Terminal was, in our opinion, the perfect place for the Champaign Swarm to take their team photos. Illinois Terminal not only offers MTD’s intraurban bus connections around Champaign, Urbana, and Savoy, but several interurban services also operate from the facility. Regional providers include Amtrak, Burlington Trailways, Danville JARC, Greyhound, and Peoria Charter.

For local MTD travel, Illinois Terminal’s Customer Service Center issues Monthly and Annual Passes as well as DASH Cards and school tokens (all fares and passes).

MTD is Your Ride to Parkland College

Want to join the swarm? Be like the players and ride the bus! Ride the 50 Green/GREENhopper or 70 Grey to Monday through Friday games, which usually jump off in the evenings. On Saturdays, take the 180 Lime B.

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Welcome Spring Semester 2015

A couple quick service reminders before we drive into this week’s post. MTD lifted University of Illinois Winter Break service reductions yesterday, January 18. We are back to full regular service! MTD is operating full service today, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

March 20, 2015 is the first day of spring – just nine weeks away! But as far as the academic calendar is concerned, the spring semester has already begun. We’re dedicating this week’s post to all Chambana students with tips on how to make the most of MTD’s services.

Welcome Aboard Champaign Unit 4 and Urbana District 116!

If your family lives within our District, MTD is your transportation provider to and from middle and high school. You ride school trips that are assigned by school administrators and designed by MTD. Here are our top five tips for you:

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Urbana High School students board MTD school trips.

5) If your home residence changes mid-school year, please contact the school to get the transportation information on your student ID updated.

4) Have your student ID ready when you board. It is our responsibility to get you to and from school safely. To do that, MTD operators must check your ID to ensure you are boarding the right bus.

3) Be at the stop five minutes before your scheduled departure.

2) Use our interactive school route maps and schedules to learn more about your transportation.

1) Be a leader! Remind your peers to stay seated, talk quietly, and exit out the rear door to make the ride as smooth and comfortable as possible.

Welcome Aboard Parkland College!

MTD provides frequent service to Parkland College. During the weekday daytime, take the 7 Grey, 9A Brown, or 9B Brown. Parkland is served by the 50 Green/GREENhopper and 70 Grey during weekday evenings. During Saturday daytime, Parkland is served by the 180B Lime. There is no Sunday service. Our top five tips for Parkland Cobras:

5) When using our website, let bus stop autofill be your guide. As you type “Parkland College” into our Trip Planner or Bus Stop Lookup, a drop down box will automatically populate with actual MTD bus stops. Use your mouse or scroll keys to select “Parkland College” instead of just hitting enter in the dialogue box. This will select MTD’s official Parkland bus stop and provide quicker, more accurate results.

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MTD is proud of our Parkland Diesel Tech Program graduates!

4) Middle and high school trips are open to the public, but do not operate when the local schools are not in session. If you’re riding to Parkland on a day when the middle and high schools are closed, like President’s Day, please make sure your trip won’t be affected! Check the timetable for the route you ride and look for school trip footnotes.

3) Visit our App Garage to download one of our community-built apps! You can also get a key to our API and build one yourself.

2) Save on bus fares and purchase an MTD Monthly Pass! It’s $15 and good for one calendar month of unlimited rides.

1) Save even more by buying an Annual Pass! Annual Pass gift certificates are available for purchase in the Parkland Bookstore. You can use alternative funds, like loan or scholarship money to purchase the certificate, but you must come to Illinois Terminal to be issued the official photo ID pass.

Welcome Aboard Fighting Illini!

As students, faculty, and staff return to routine, here are our top five tips for the semester:

5) The next round of service reductions will come with the University’s Spring Break. MTD reductions will begin Saturday, March 21.

4) Did you leave something onboard? This post covers the route you’ll take to (hopefully) recover your item. Was it your iCard? All found iCards are returned immediately to the Urbana ID Center in the Illini Union Bookstore.

3) Visit our App Garage to download one of our community-built apps! You can also get a key to our API and build one yourself.

2) Currently, 335 SafeRides begins operating at 5:00 pm. The start time will get pushed back to 7:00 pm, thanks to increasing daylight hours, on Sunday, March 8.

1) Always have your iCard with you. The campus routes (1/100 Yellow, 10 Gold/GOLDhopper, 12/120 Teal, and 22/220 Illini) feature iStop corridors, which allow passengers to board at any door without showing an ID or paying a fare. But iStops do not cover the entirety of these routes and all other MTD routes require an ID or fare. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

Any tips you’d like to add for any of these student groups? Share them in the comments!

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MTD Server Upgrade Affects Real-Time

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Farewell, servers. It’s been a great ride. Here’s to three new virtualized servers!

We’ve got great news and not so great news. The great news is we will be upgrading the servers that make real-time bus departure information available. The not-so-great news is the upgrade will temporarily take down STOPwatch real-time.

The upgrade will begin at 8:00 pm this Wednesday, January 14 and is estimated to take several hours. While we upgrade, real-time information may be unavailable through any of our tools including STOPwatch kiosks, apps, and both our website and mobile site. In normal circumstances, scheduled trip information would be displayed in place of the real-time, but unfortunately that too may be unavailable.

Why the Upgrade?

Currently, there are over a dozen physical servers responsible for running our CAD/AVL (computer aided dispatch/automatic vehicle locator) system. These servers are old, almost a decade old, which in server years makes this equipment much overdue for replacement.

“Just like we replace lines and hoses in our buses before they break,” said Ryan Blackman, MTD’s Software Developer/Network Administrator. “We’re taking this proactive maintenance step with our servers.”

The new servers will improve our system’s speed as well as its reliability.

“This isn’t a one-to-one server replacement,” explains Blackman. “We’re virtualizing our servers and going from over a dozen physical servers to just three physical computer servers.”

How is that possible? For one, servers have advanced a great deal since the early 2000s. Second, the three new servers will break up the work of the current ones. By virtualizing to these new and powerful servers, MTD is also increasing the system’s reliability.

“With our old server system, if one crashed, it took the entire system down with it,” Blackman said. “But with virtual servers, if one ‘dies,’ the other two will pick up the burden of the ‘dead’ server and it will have little noticeable impact on our operation and passengers.”

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MTD’s three new servers! So much less space with so much more power.

Blackman also anticipates a reduction in our energy usage. While the three new servers are more powerful and require more energy, the aggregate energy usage will likely go down.

System Benefits

We could go on, but here is a review as well as additional benefits of this upgrade:

  • improved system speed
  • increased reliability
  • new equipment is faster
  • up-to-date equipment enables MTD to use latest versions of CAD/AVL (real-time data) modules

“These servers are clunkers. This upgrade is much overdue,” Blackman said, for like the fifth time. “This update will also, hopefully, make future system updates go smoother.”

Reference Timetables

If you’ll be riding this Wednesday evening, please visit our Maps & Schedules section for departure times. The Trip Planner is another tool to use as times displayed in the itineraries will be scheduled time, not real-time. You can also pick up a physical Maps & Schedules book on any bus, at Illinois Terminal, and at our Operations and Administration building at 1101 East University in Urbana. Customers are, of course, welcome to call us anytime at 217.384.8188.

MTD regrets any inconvenience that the temporary outage may cause. INIT, the company MTD contracts with to provide real-time service, is committed to a swift and quality upgrade. They’re sending two representatives for support, one from their United States office and one from Germany. Thanks for your patience and wish us luck!

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Green Light: Annual Environmental Report

This blog post was written by Jane Sullivan, MTD’s Grant Manager/Sustainability Planner.

To close out 2014 in a “green” way, we’d like to share the information presented in our Annual Environmental Report. This report turned presentation served many purposes – sharing it with all of you being one of them!

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Year in Review: Sustainable Accomplishments

This presentation was given to MTD’s Board of Trustees at our meeting in December 2014. The presentation was given by the Environmental and Sustainability Management System (ESMS) Core Team, which includes seven MTD staff members. The talk served as one of the two semi-annual ESMS Management Reviews required by the ISO 14001:2008 Standard.

The team provided an overview of the year’s sustainable accomplishments, an update on the District’s ISO 14001-Certified ESMS, a summary of the District’s recent sustainability efforts and community involvement, and a statement of our commitment to continual improvement.

Highlights of the report are shown below and you’re welcome to view the full report here.

Green Highlights

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Environmental and Sustainability Management System Objectives, Targets, and Programs

Page three of the report (pictured above) displays sustainable accomplishments in 2014 including our Illinois Green Business Association Certification and Gold Level Achievement recognition for the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) Sustainability Commitment. We also continued our efforts to maintain ISO 14001 Certification throughout the year.

Even after our environmental objectives are accomplished and targets are reached, it is still important to continue to monitor the progress of these aspects. We need to verify we’re driving in the right direction! Page five of the report (pictured right) checks back in with past objectives, targets, and programs of our ESMS to ensure that we are still on an environmentally sustainable track.

It was exciting to have the opportunity to reflect on MTD’s sustainable accomplishments in 2014. We look forward to sharing another Annual Environmental Report with the Board and all of you at the end of 2015. Happy New Year!

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Pro Tips for Winter Riding

In honor of this week’s colder weather, here are five pro tips to make riding in the winter months more comfortable.

Plan Ahead

A majority of our trips act as you’d expect them to, but there are variations. Peak commute times (approximately 6:30 – 8:00 am and again 4:30 – 6:00 pm) are especially susceptible to scheduling and routing alterations. Our Trip Planner is the perfect anecdote.

You can specify day of travel as well as desired departure or arrival time after inputting your starting and ending intersection, landmark, or address. The resulting itineraries will account for any variations and ensure you’re kept on track.

If you don’t have internet access, an updated MTD Maps & Schedules Book will do the trick. Be sure to carefully read all footnotes referenced for your trip. We’re on the second edition of our 2014-2015 service year. Check the spine of your book to make sure you’re up-to-date (pictured below).

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The best way to check if your Maps & Schedules Book is up to date? Read the spine!

Become a MyRIDE Subscriber

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You can customize MyRIDE to send you email and/or text alerts for only the routes you select!

MyRIDE is MTD’s personalized rider experience. All you need is an email address to join. You can choose which routes you and your family ride and if a reroute is put on, or a service notice posted, you will be personally notified by email and/or text.

Another feature is adding bus stops to a list of favorites. After doing that through Bus Stop Lookup, your top five will be displayed in the sidebar of MTD’s website whenever you’re logged in. You can easily add or remove stops.

Get STOPwatch Real-Time

Thanks to the power of CAD-AVL (computer aided dispatch-automatic vehicle locator) technology, you can track the departure of your bus based on your stop. There are three ways to get this information on the go.

  1. Visit our App Garage to find an app to download. Thanks to our community developers for building these tools! Most apps offer both real-time tracking and trip planning.
  2. Use our mobile website, m.cumtd.com, to track STOPwatch. It is dedicated to looking up stops and checking real-time.
  3. Finally, you can use text messaging. Every bus stop in our system has a unique four digit code. All four numbers are preceded by “mtd.” You can find these codes on our bus stop signs, shelter boards, Maps & Schedules Book, and website. So let’s say you want to check times for Illinois Terminal. The unique code is “mtd3121″ and you’ll put that code in the body of the text. You’ll then send the text to “35890.”

Give Yourself (And Us) Extra Time

While we can hope for a mild winter, severe weather seems inevitable. We all need to make adjustments when snow, slush, and ice cover the streets. MTD operators will reduce speeds for safety. We also increase our following distances to allow for more braking and response time. Bad weather makes for bad road conditions, so please anticipate delays. Thanks for your patience!

Stay tuned in! It is unlikely MTD will pull service, but we may temporarily cut service to outlying areas. During winter storms, MTD Supervisors are constantly checking road conditions to ensure we can safely travel all of our routes. Check our website and visit our Twitter and Facebook feeds for information on abbreviated services. MTD also communicates with local television networks and radio stations about service alterations. You can, of course, give us a call at 217.384.8188 to check the status of your route.

Think Bright Layers

Winter wear is often produced in dark colors. This makes it difficult for our operators and surrounding traffic to see you when you’re walking to and from the bus stop.

Consider purchasing some brightly colored winter accessories! You’ll need to bundle up anyway, so grab a pair of neon colored gloves, a pair of boots with reflective striping, and a light colored hat.

Any pro tips you’d like to share? Add them in the comments below!

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Transportation to the Heart of Dallas Bowl

Service Reminder: There will be no evening MTD service on Christmas Eve, December 24. There will be no MTD service at all on Christmas Day, December 25. Thank you for your understanding and Merry Christmas!

Congratulations to the Fighting Illini Football Team who were chosen to play in the Heart of Dallas Bowl this Friday, December 26 at noon! MTD’s transit friends in Dallas, DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit), provided us with detailed travel information for incoming Illini fans.

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DART’s Fair Park Station Photo Credit: DART

Green Line is Your Green Light

DART provides fans with an easy and stress-free means of travel to the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium. DART light rail provides service directly to the “heart” of the game featuring Louisiana Tech from Conference USA and Big Ten Conference member Illinois. Here’s a spotlight on transport to the stadium.

Fighting Illini fans can purchase a $5 Local Day Pass, which works for both DART Rail and buses, by cash or credit card at ticket vending machines located at all DART stations. You can save a step and purchase a day pass in advance with DART’s GoPass℠. This free mobile ticketing application is available for download through Google Play or the Apple App Store.

Fans can get to the stadium by way of two different Green Line stations. One is called Fair Park Station (pictured) and is located on Parry Avenue at the fairgrounds entrance. The second is called MLK, Jr. Station and is located south of R.B. Cullum Boulevard. Both stations provide convenient access to the Cotton Bowl Stadium.

If you need to transfer to the Green Line from the Red, Orange, or Blue lines, you can do so at any of the four downtown Dallas rail stations: West End, Akard, St. Paul, or Pearl/Arts District.

DART’s website has all the additional information you need or you can call their Customer Information at 214.979.1111. Safe travels, and GO ILLINI!

Transport to Willard Airport

Dallas/Fort Worth is one of the two locations American Airlines serves out of Willard Airport in Savoy. Very convenient.

The 27/270 Air Bus serves Willard and operates Monday through Saturday. The route and timetable are not affected by the University of Illinois Winter Break Service Reductions with the exception of two days. There is no evening service on Christmas Eve December 24 and New Year’s Eve December 31. As a result, the final trip of the 27 Air Bus will end at Illinois Terminal at 6:18 pm on both those days. And, of course, as with all MTD service, as with all MTD service, there is no service all day Christmas Day (December 25) or New Year’s Day (January 1).

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UI Winter Break Service Reductions

It seems like just last week we were blogging about UI Fall Break Service Reductions (four weeks to be exact)! The routes affected are the same as Fall Break but we’ll quickly run through everything with the corresponding dates. All the service reductions listed below will go into effect at the start of our Saturday service on December 20, 2014. The reductions continue through the end of scheduled service for Saturday, January 17, 2015.

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Lose the stress of parking and driving around the crowded streets of north Neil and Prospect. Ride MTD and get door-to-door service!

Reduced Services

These routes will operate during the UI Winter Break, but they offer less frequency and/or abbreviated routing.

12 Teal: Trips marked with the “U” footnote do not operate Monday through Friday. This reduces the Teal’s frequency to every 20 minutes. The routing remains the same.

13 Silver: Trips marked with the “U” footnote do not operate Monday through Friday. This reduces the Silver’s frequency to every 20 minutes. The daytime routing remains the same.

22/220 Illini Limited: This is an abbreviated route and will operate throughout the UI Winter Break reductions. The frequency is every 30 minutes.

130 Silver Limited:  A shortened Silver route will operate evenings and weekends during the Winter Break. The frequency is the same as the regular 130 Silver – every 20 minutes.

27/270 Air Bus: The Air Bus will operate it’s regular route and schedule Monday through Saturday with two exceptions. There will be no Air Bus evening service on Christmas Eve, December 24 and New Year’s Eve, December 31. The route will end at 6:18 pm at Illinois Terminal.

335 SafeRides: The reservation van service continues operation through the break, but is reduced. SafeRides is available from 5:00 pm until 12:30 am beginning December 20 through January 17. Designated pick up locations are not served. There will be no SafeRides at all on Sunday, December 21 and December 28, 2014 as well as January 4 and January 11, 2015.

No Service

The 2 Red Express and all trips after midnight, late night fixed route service, do not operate.

2 Red: Express trips, marked with “L” and “U” footnotes will not operate Monday through Friday. These trips will resume operation on Monday, January 19.

50 Green, 100 Yellow, 120 Teal, 130 Silver, and 220 Illini: During the UI Fall and Spring Semesters, these five routes offer late night trips after midnight. These routes will not operate these late night trips during the Winter Break or any University break for that matter (Spring, Summer, nor Fall).

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Our no service reminder that is posted behind the driver on all of our buses.

Holidays

MTD will operate weekday daytime service on Christmas Eve Wednesday, December 24. There will be no evening service. There is no MTD service all day on Christmas Day so employees may enjoy time with their families.

The same formula applies to the New Year. There will be weekday daytime service on New Year’s Eve Wednesday, December 31, but not evening service. There will be no MTD service all day on New Year’s Day.

MTD will operate full regular service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 19.

MTD wishes you the happiest of holidays, however you choose to celebrate! Thank you for your continued support of public transportation. We look forward to providing you with another year of quality service.

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MTD Employee Committees

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MTD’s Wage and Policy Committee

MTD is committed to accepting feedback in order to continuously improve our services. The opportunity is also extended to our internal customers. There are over 340 MTD employees that are spread across three shifts and three facilities. We need to stay connected and on the same route! This is why MTD has year-round employee committees.

More Than Meetings

There are nine employee committees and each is led by a staff member. The committees meet monthly and are open to employees across departments who have been with the District for at least one year. By becoming a member of a standing committee, an employee has a formal opportunity to share ideas, communicate concerns, and serve as a peer representative. Employees who are not scheduled to work during the meeting times are paid to attend. Those who are scheduled to work are relieved. Annual sign up is in December and coincides with the December Board Pick. Board Picks happen three times a year and this month’s pick assigns the work schedules for December 21, 2014 through May 16, 2015. So while employees are picking their work shifts, they also have the opportunity to participate in an area of interest!

Alphabetically, the first committee is called Awards. This committee agrees upon the criteria for various awards and recognition that are given across positions. These recognitions are celebrated at an annual employee banquet planned in detail by members of the committee.

Next is the Newsletter Committee. This committee puts together a monthly publication called Bus Lines. Committee members research and write articles. The internal newsletter covers what’s new and exciting across the District as well as what’s going in the lives of employees.

The Routes and Schedules Committee meets with our Director of Service Delivery and Planner to discuss opportunities for improvement in our fixed route service.

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Members of the Routes and Schedules committee meet.

Safety and Training examines how to best execute the defined routes and schedules. The committee addresses safety issues and security issues for the system. What information and tools are needed to provide quality service? How will the District safely resolve hazardous situations?

The School Task Force Committee targets the middle and high school transportation that MTD provides. Members of the committee visit area schools to teach incoming middle school students how to ride and evacuate in case of emergency.

Social Committee speaks for itself – they’re about being social! The group plans our company-wide Holiday Party as well as company get-togethers and trips to area amusements.

Sustainability Committee, also self-explanatory, gathers a group of environmentally-minded employees to investigate ways MTD’s employees and facilities can reduce our impacts.

The Wage and Policy Committee is headed by our Managing Director, Karl Gnadt. Major District-wide initiatives, like wages, are brought to this group for vote. Seats on this Committee, as well as Routes and Schedules, are so coveted that elections are held every year to determine which employees will earn the seats.

Finally, the Wellness Committee manages our on-site fitness center and works to improve the health and well-being of MTD employees. They earned MTD a bronze level in the Illinois Healthy Worksite Designation!

The result of these meetings is difficult to measure, especially because the topics covered by all nine committees are so vast. But what is certain is that lines of communication are multiplied and ideas, concerns, and challenges are addressed regularly.

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Green Light: Race for Zero Waste

This post was written by Jane Sullivan, MTD’s Grant Manager/Sustainability Planner.

Like any proud organization, MTD enjoys a little friendly competition, especially when it benefits our community and the environment. Fittingly, the District’s Administration and Operations Facility in Urbana is participating in the Race for Zero Waste. This competition has been designed by Green Purpose to promote the importance of recycling in the workplace.

Protecting Our Landfills

The Race for Zero Waste is in line with MTD’s ongoing environmental sustainability efforts. These efforts include decreasing the amount of waste that ends up in the landfill from all three of our facilities.

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Recycling containers, thanks to Green Purpose, are customized under each staff person’s desk to encourage convenient and sorted disposal.

MTD has always been especially conscientious about ensuring that hazardous materials are properly disposed. Our Maintenance Facility reuses as many materials as possible, including waste oil, antifreeze, and water from our wash bay. Batteries and fluorescent light bulbs are recycled in a safe and responsible manner. A local certified hazardous waste manager disposes of any other hazardous materials that cannot be recycled internally.

Our recycling efforts in our Administration and Operations Facility got serious when we completed a Waste Audit earlier this year. After the waste audit, we began working hard to advance the recycling efforts at this facility. We have incorporated new signage and improved receptacles so that recyclables can be separated properly. This facility separates office paper, mixed paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, and aluminum to ensure that all materials have the greatest potential to stay out of a landfill.

The Race is On!

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Shared, high traffic areas, are supplied with large bins for convenient and sorted recycling.

Of course, MTD is not the only company in the area working to improve its recycling efforts. MTD has joined Kraft, Rockwell Automation, Plastipak, and Silgan White Cap to compete in the Race for Zero Waste over the next few months. Each facility’s progress in four categories will be assessed to determine the winner of the Race. Categories include the facility’s monthly waste statistics, saturation levels, educational promotion, and employee participation.

Follow the competition on raceforzerowaste.com where overall standings can be viewed. The competition begins today December 1, 2014 and the final winner will be announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2015. Good luck to all the competitors!

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MTD is Hiring

We interrupt this regularly scheduled blog post to bring you this service reminder: There will be no MTD service all day on Thanksgiving, November 27.

MTD is hiring! There are several positions for which MTD is currently accepting applications. If you or someone you know is interested in one or more of these positions, please encourage them to apply. An application must be submitted for every position an applicant is interested in pursuing. Cover letters and resumes are not required, but welcomed. MTD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates for any position must pass a drug test.

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MTD is hiring bus operators for our fixed-route service.

Bus Operator

This is the position with the most availability. Don’t have your Commercial Driver’s License? No problem! We’ll pay you while we train you. Not sure if the position is right for you? Read the blog posts in our Training Section to get an inside look at the position. Here is the official posting:

The District is looking for self-starting, friendly individuals to become bus operators. Applicants must have an excellent driving record and be 21 years of age with a high school diploma or equivalent. Must pass a physical exam and have outstanding customer service skills. Operators must complete up to 8 weeks of training with pay and then pass multiple parts of the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) exam.

During training wage is $11.00 per hour. Following training, starting wage is $13.54 per hour. Bus operators are eligible for vacation, uniform allowance, life insurance, and credit union membership with many additional benefits available after completing one year of service.

Operators work a minimum of 20 flexible hours per week with opportunity for additional hours, and must be available weekends.

Part-Time Technician

MTD is proud of our top-notch Maintenance Department. The facility is ISO 14001 certified, which means the Maintenance employees are committed to an efficient operation with little environmental impacts. The Maintenance Department’s commitment to quality is also evidenced in the delayed retirement of our buses. Successful management of the fleet has kept buses in service five plus years over their expected life. Here is the official posting:

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Technicians service a 40-foot bus up on a lift.

The District’s Maintenance Department is accepting applications for a highly motivated and a career minded part-time technician. Candidates are expected to have a basic understanding of diesel and gas engines and the ability to diagnose and repair all associated vehicle systems. Individuals must have a clean driving record, be able to obtain a Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), and pass a Type II and Type III Refrigeration exam. This position requires a minimum Associate’s Degree in Diesel Mechanic or Trade School or military mechanical equivalent.

Applicants will maintain Public Transportation vehicle systems which include Hybrid technology. Starting pay is $16.54/hr. After training, hours for this position will be overnights/weekends.

Specialized Services Operator

This position operates MTD’s ADA Paratransit Service. Operators receive special training to provide our curb-to-curb service for qualified passengers who are unable to ride MTD’s fixed route service. Here is the official posting:

The District is hiring for the position of Specialized Services Operator. Must be at least 21 years of age; have a high school diploma or equivalent; and have an excellent driving record. Applicants must be able to pass a physical exam; are required to take a drug test; and have outstanding skills in dealing with the public. Operators must successfully complete four weeks of paid training.

Starting salary is $12.15 per hour following training. Operators are eligible for earned time, uniform allowance, life insurance, and credit union membership. Operators are expected to work a minimum of 20 hours per week and be available on weekends.

Part-Time Operator (C-CARTS)

As covered in a previous post, MTD is the manager of rural service in Champaign County. The Champaign-County Area Rural Transit Service (C-CARTS) is looking for operators to transport residents county-wide in small vans. Here is the official posting:

C-CARTS is looking for part-time vehicle operators. Candidates must be at least 21 years of age, have a high school diploma or equivalent, and have an excellent driving record. Applicants must pass a physical exam and drug screening. Outstanding skills in dealing with the public are a must.

Starting salary is $11.00 per hour. Operators are eligible for earned time, life insurance, and credit union membership. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.

MTD is thankful for the over 340 employees we have now. The District’s employees are committed to yes, which means quality service on the street, behind a counter, over the phone, and behind the scenes. We hope you’ll join us and give MTD even more reasons to be thankful!

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