October 24, 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.

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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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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