July 24, 2014
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Green Light: Rapid Roll Doors

In this week’s Green Lights, let’s explore something seemingly rudimentary that has a notable impact on everyday operations at MTD. Our primary maintenance facility is located at 803 E. University Ave. in Urbana. A large part of the facility, approximately … Continue reading

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Sampling Tests Automatic Passenger Counters

This past summer, you may have heard MTD tooting our horns about having a record ridership year.  In FY2011, we provided over 10.5 million rides! Automatic Passenger Counters (APC) do most of the heavy lifting when it comes to tracking … Continue reading

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Green Light: Diesel Particulate Filters

In honor of sustainable projects and greening our community, I’ve decided to dedicate the first blog post of every month to highlighting a renewable, environmentally-positive project at MTD. Each of our properties boasts a long history of green initiatives, as … Continue reading

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Fall Board Pick

WARNING: This post features a lot of transit-insider lingo. To assist the reader, all slang has been put in quotes and colored blue. Three times a year, the Operations Department creates a “board” of all possible driving shifts for all … Continue reading

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Operator School is in Session

Ah, summer. A time of flip-flops, family vacations, and for folks in the Champaign-Urbana area, an opportunity to enjoy Campustown. Here at MTD, daily operations slow down too as we slip into almost three months of reduced service. The absence … Continue reading

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A Summer of Reroutes

If you’ve taken a trip on MTD this summer, you’ve most likely been affected by a reroute. A bounty of outdoor events and an endless stream of construction projects, are the causes of almost every route being altered temporarily. The … Continue reading

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Taste of C-U in Review: MTD Edition

This past weekend, the Champaign Park District hosted the 41st annual Taste of Champaign-Urbana. The event was held in West Side Park, just a few blocks west of downtown Champaign. The first night of the event was Friday, June 17 … Continue reading

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Goodbye CDL Training, Hello Desk

My class of six, two training to be bus operators, two training to work in our Maintenance Department, and two staff members, passed our tests and graduated. The bus operators went on to Line Instruction and the technicians returned to … Continue reading

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The Final Countdown: CDL Driving Test

The day came to take my four-part CDL driving exam [See State of Illinois CDL Study Guide - PDF]. In accordance with state regulations, Jim Dhom, Safety and Training Director, requires 84-96 hours of driving experience before a student takes … Continue reading

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Sharing the Road

One of the values of having gone through bus operator training, besides gaining the ability to brag about driving over twenty tons of vehicle, is learning what road choices make the job harder and easier. So in the spirit of … Continue reading

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