MTD summer service reductions will lift at the start of Friday, August 22 service. But they’ll be back. This week, we’re covering what service reductions are and when you can expect them again.
Why Reduce Service?
MTD reduces bus service for extended periods four times during the year. When the University of Illinois is in session, the 43,000 plus students require high frequency service and lots of vehicles, particularly big ones of the 60-foot articulated persuasion. When the students go on break and the academic year ends, campus transforms. So, we do too.
During every seasonal break, summer, fall, winter, and spring, MTD reduces service on a few routes. A majority of these reductions stay the same across the University of Illinois Breaks, but there is some variation. We always dedicate a blog post the week before a UI break begins to the upcoming service reductions. So please continue reading this blog and/or subscribe to an RSS feed! We’ll also post the same information on our website and share it on Facebook and Twitter.
Even though the calendar dates of University breaks may change slightly, MTD reduces most of the same services each time. The below reductions are in effect during breaks, days outside of the UI Fall and Spring Semesters. Let’s pull through them:
2 Red Express does not operate during breaks. This means trips marked in the schedule with “L” and “U” footnotes do not operate.
Trips marked with the “U” footnote in the 12 Teal Weekday Daytime schedule do not operate when the UI is not in session. This reduces the route’s frequency from 10 minutes to 20 minutes.
Trips marked with the “U” footnote in the 13 Silver Weekday Daytime schedule do not operate when the UI is not in session. This reduces the route’s frequency from 10 minutes to 20 minutes.
During the evenings and on the weekends, the 130 Silver Limited operates instead of the regular 130 Silver. The routing is much reduced, but the evening and weekend frequency of 20 minutes remains the same year-round.
Monday through Saturday, any trip scheduled after midnight does not operate. Routes that offer Late Night service are the 50 Green, 100 Yellow, 120 Teal, 130 Silver, and 220 Illini.
Sunday Evening and Late Night service does not operate when the UI is not in session. This affects the same routes listed above.
What About SafeRides?
During the fall and spring semesters, 335 SafeRides operates seven days a week until 6:30 am. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, MTD adds a fourth van to respond to demand. Three vans are scheduled Sunday through Wednesday.
During the UI summer break, there is no 335 SafeRides at all.
But during the UI fall, winter, and spring breaks, thanks to the most recent transportation contract, 335 SafeRides continues but in a limited operation. The service operates until 12:00 am with one van. Designated pick-up locations will be served, but not on the 30-minute schedule detailed. You will need to call MTD to request a pick-up for all stops. During breaks, 335 SafeRides only operates Monday through Saturday. There is no Sunday SafeRides. Learn how to love SafeRides and let it love you back.
And Remember, Folks…
If you plan on riding MTD during the fall break, November 22-29, please stay connected with us! We will post detailed information about the phasing in and out of service reductions on this blog, our website, Facebook, and Twitter pages. All routes affected by service reductions are reflected in our data, which can be found on our website and in our API. Developers then use this data to build apps. Search and download a community-built app from our App Garage!