December 19, 2014
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Category Archives: Between the Lines

Posts providing detail and insight into the inner workings of MTD’s operations, vehicles, management, and innovative practices.

MTD Employee Committees

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 … Continue reading

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MTD Service After Dark

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 … Continue reading

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Happy Fall Semester

Welcome to another school year, Chambana students! It is hot, hot, hot out there and our service is busy, busy, busy. So we’re going to keep this week’s post brief. We want to roll out some reminders and pro tips for … Continue reading

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What’s a Hopper?

To increase frequency along corridors of high demand, MTD provides Hopper service on four different routes. Hopper trips increase the frequency of their parent routes while also providing more opportunities for transferring. Consider this post a 101 course in MTD Hopper … Continue reading

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Summer Construction Reroutes

Congratulations to University of Illinois and Parkland College Graduates! It’s been our pleasure to transport you to classes, libraries, coffee shops, volunteer destinations, shopping, and beyond. Good luck in your future endeavors! While Champaign Unit 4 Schools and Urbana School … Continue reading

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Submitting Feedback to MTD

You saw something bus-related and you want MTD to know about it. Maybe it was something at a bus stop or on-board an in-service vehicle. Maybe you were on your bike or in your car and you witnessed something. What … Continue reading

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Designing with the Developer

This post was originally published by Pixo Tech‘s Cate Kompare on March 7, 2014. It is being reblogged with permission. Almost every Friday morning for the past few months Maya – our Creative Director – and I have been going over … Continue reading

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Why It’s Important to Check a Bus Schedule

We love STOPwatch real-time. MTD began installation in 2003 and fully launched bus tracking to the public in 2005. Since then, MTD’s data use and ridership numbers have continuously increased. MTD continues to set ridership records and we carried over 12.6 … Continue reading

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New Operator Mentoring Program

You’ve heard us say it before, but being a bus operator is not an easy job. MTD drivers are certified professionals who juggle the demands of changing road conditions, passengers boarding and alighting, and surrounding traffic of varying sizes and … Continue reading

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How Do Buses Handle Potholes?

The short answer – not well. While smaller transport modes like cars and bicycles can nimbly dodge these winter traps, large vehicles like garbage trucks, 18-wheelers, salt trucks, and buses cannot. Thankfully, the record ridership we’re seeing is taking more … Continue reading

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