April 23, 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.

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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Why Buses Can’t Kneel When It’s Below Zero

It’s not because the buses don’t want to. The operators aren’t in a rush to get the doors closed because the cold air is pouring in. Buses, just like all other vehicles, can have performance issues in severe weather. Below … Continue reading

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5 Things To Do When Riding at Night

Ah, Winter. Cloudy skies, snowy white outs, extra hours of darkness. What’s not to love? In honor of the season, we’ve put together this top five list to encourage safe travel to and from the bus stop in this challenging … Continue reading

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I Forgot Something on an MTD Bus

A friendly reminder that there will be no evening service on December 24 and no service all day on December 25. They come in the form of tweets…they are found in Facebook messages and posts…emails are sent through website feedback … Continue reading

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Spring Work Board

Three times a year, MTD operators, technicians, and service workers pick the shifts they will work. Seniority organizes the order full-time employees and then part-time employees “pick.” Picking for the Spring Board, which runs December 22, 2013 through May 17, 2014, … Continue reading

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MTD Develops a Strategic Plan

Strategic planning is a valuable exercise for all industries to assess the current state and create a road map for the future. MTD is currently developing a strategic plan with employees, our Board of Trustees, and consultants to meet the daily … Continue reading

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MTD ART Wall Installed at Illinois Terminal

A wall of Illinois Terminal, MTD’s intermodal facility in downtown Champaign, has been taken over. “People have taken the time to stop and look,” said Adam Shanks Illinois Terminal Manager. “They were unaware that MTD was involved in this – … Continue reading

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