February 20, 2017
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See Something, Say Something

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You may find this logo on our website, onboard our vehicles, and at our digital STOPwatch kiosks. It’s up to all of us to keep our eyes open!

If you see something, say something.

We all play a role in keeping our community safe. For bus riders, ADA passengers, 335 SafeRides users, and MTD Operators, the opportunities abound as we travel all over town, into neighborhoods, throughout the downtowns, and at all hours of the day and night.

MTD is a community resource that can nimbly respond to emergencies. We send warming/cooling buses when apartment buildings need to be evacuated. We take suspect information and keep our eyes peeled. And sometimes, we’re a major part in criminal apprehension.

The Department of Homeland Security‘s campaign If You See Something, Say Something seeks to “raise public awareness of the indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime, as well as the importance of reporting suspicious activity to state and local law enforcement.” Their goal, and our goal, is to encourage you to report suspicious activity, unusual behavior or items, and/or eliciting information.

Talk to Your Operator

MTD Operators are trained in many safety protocols. They also have multiple means of communicating with our Control Center which can readily reach local emergency services. An MTD vehicle is never “alone” when it is on the street.

Sometimes passengers assume that the Operator saw “it.” There’s no way they could’ve missed that, is a phrase we often hear. But Operators are focusing on several things at once. There’s the upcoming passenger stop, the passenger on board asking a question, the approaching traffic light, the pedestrian entering the crosswalk, not to mention all of the surrounding vehicular traffic. So help us all be certain and let an Operator know of things like inappropriate behavior or an item left without an owner, along with any other details they may have missed such as time, general descriptions, and associated bus stops.

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Be a Transit Watcher. Tell an MTD employee if you see suspicious activity or items.

Other Opportunities

If you see something at the bus stop or you don’t have an opportunity to talk to your Operator, there are other avenues to utilize.

You can call MTD at 217.384.8188 and ask to speak to a Supervisor. Whenever MTD service is on the street, we are ready and waiting at the phones.

You can also submit a Website Feedback Form or contact a member of MTD’s senior management or Board of Trustees. There are resources we can tap into even after an incident has passed.

What Safety & Security Mean to Us

At MTD, safety and security are the highest priority. Safety and security are the focus of many operational policies, training programs, and commitments. Personnel from the Department of Homeland Security as well as the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) visit MTD facilities on a regular basis to perform safety and security audits. Homeland Security visits twice a year and APTA and FTA come every three. Recommendations from these visits help MTD ensure that safety and security measures are up-to-date and effective.

You can learn more about the resources and training we utilize. And please, let us know in the comments about additional opportunities to increase awareness about reporting suspicious activity.

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Green Light: MCORE Work to Start this Spring

This press release was published by the MCORE Project Partners on February 6, 2017. Some additional content was added for publication on The Inside Lane.

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This map displays all five project zones of the MCORE Project.

The transformative $44 Million Multimodal Corridor Enhancement (MCORE) Project will start improving mobility in the core of our community when work begins this spring. Project partners (the City of Champaign, City of Urbana, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), in coordination with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), awarded construction contracts for Projects 1, 2, and 3 to Duce Construction Company (Champaign, IL) in December.  Construction on Green, White, and Wright Streets is tentatively scheduled to proceed in early March, 2017, weather permitting.

The scale of this infrastructure improvement project on key corridors will have significant vehicular and pedestrian traffic impacts including detours and street and sidewalk closures during construction. About one week before construction begins, message boards will be placed in highly visible locations to help alert and notify the public. As MCORE work gets underway, motorists and bicyclists are encouraged to slow down, exercise caution, and obey all traffic control signs and devices when traveling through the general construction area. MTD bus routes will be rerouted as necessary and bus stops may be temporarily relocated. As work is scheduled, up-to-date information will be available at www.cumtd.com.

MTD’s Managing Director, Karl Gnadt, reminds riders to stay alert.

There have been a few times where this project felt like it was close to a cliff. But the fantastic project partners worked in wondrous and creative ways to find solutions (and sometimes money) that allowed us to step away from the cliff. And now: here we are. Duce is rolling up their sleeves and about to dig in! Now the real work starts for the Champaign-Urbana Community – getting around. Please pay attention to the signs, websites, and social media and we’ll do our best to let you know what’s being affected on any given day.

The MCORE Project will improve access for all modes of transportation in critical campus and neighboring areas including Green Street, Armory Avenue, White Street, and Wright Street. The $44 Million MCORE Project is funded in part by a $15.7 Million Federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Want more background?

New streetscape improvements, a transit boarding island on Green Street, reconfigured Illini Union vehicle entrance and parking, all-way pedestrian crossings, and protected bicycle lanes are several features that will enhance critical linkages from both downtowns to Campustown in the core of our community.

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This corridor of White Street is one of the five project areas targeted by the MCORE Project. The need for updated, multimodal infrastructure is clear.

Projects 1, 2, and 3 are expected to be completed by the end of 2018. See a map of the project areas above or at www.mcoreproject.com. The final project designs include careful consideration of feedback received from stakeholder meetings and community outreach, web form submissions, and surveys from the MCORE Project Open House in May 2015.

All Campustown businesses will continue to be open and reachable throughout the entire project. Stay informed on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MCORECU), Twitter (@MCOREproject), and email subscription (www.mcoreproject.com).

MCORE partners would like to thank you for your cooperation and patience as this important project gets underway.

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Champaign County Area Restaurant Week

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All bus stops in downtown Champaign and downtown Urbana are marked with bus stop signs. They denote which route and in which directions they will serve the stop.

Our micro-urban community has a lot to offer residents and visitors alike. From Big 10 Sports to music festivals, from art exhibits to sprawling parks, it’s hard not to fall head over heels with Chambana.

Visit Champaign County is encouraging residents to get out and fill up on the delicious eats crafted by restaurants in and around Champaign-Urbana. For their inaugural Restaurant Week, Visit Champaign County is directing diners to visit participating restaurants throughout this week (January 29 through February 5) for deals on lunch and dinner, with lunch starting at $8 and dinner at $15, $25 or $35.

Get There By Bus

Many of the participating restaurants are in either downtown Urbana or downtown Champaign. This makes getting there by public transportation easy…in fact, maybe too easy. So consider letting MTD take care of the transportation while you enjoy to the fullest!

Both downtowns are served by several routes through the 11:00 pm hour. There is also service after midnight on a few routes, but they may not get you to your return destination as they do not travel as far into the community.

Downtown Urbana weekday evening route options include the 50 Green/GREENhopper, 70 Grey, 110 Ruby, and 130 Silver.

Downtown Champaign weekday evening route options include the 50 Green/GREENhopper, 70 Grey, 100 Yellow, and 120 Teal.

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Your Operator is also there to help! Don’t hesitate to ask for their assistance as you navigate MTD’s service.

Navigation Simplified

We often hear new bus riders say they are intimidated when trying to read a schedule and interpret a route map. They want to try transit, but don’t want to get on in the wrong direction or miss a trip and be stuck waiting. We get it.

MTD offers a robust trip planner that does all the thinking for you. You can access the trip planner on our website or on one of our community built apps. Both tools can take addresses, intersections, and landmarks and the search functions are simultaneously powered by MTD’s data and Google search results.

Each MTD bus is equipped with a GPS tracker that sends an updated location signal every 30 to 60 seconds. This increases safety, helps our Dispatchers monitor the service, and for our passengers, it powers real-time departure estimates. You can track when your bus will leave the exact stop you’re standing at by text message, our mobile site, or through one of the aforementioned mobile apps.

Whenever You Call, We’ll Be There

Whenever MTD has service on the street, we have humans answering the phone. You won’t even have to press any additional buttons to clarify the purpose of your call. Simply call 217.384.8188 and a representative can answer your navigation, fare payment, and where do I stand questions.

So while you consider trying some new eats, consider trying transit. As this Chambanamoms contributor wrote of her family’s recent trip:

The entire system was seemingly designed for families. The adventure consisted of good eats and a lot of exploration. A perfect Saturday excursion. Keep warm in the winter or cool in the summer while looking at our community from a new perspective.

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How to Love SafeRides and Let it Love You Back

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Passengers board at one of the three designated pick up locations, the Illini Union.

This post was originally published on February 18, 2013. It is a useful reminder about how to use SafeRides plus gives insight into how this special service operates.

Last Thursday I celebrated Valentine’s Day in true transit bliss: I spent my night on an MTD vehicle. I rode 335 SafeRides with a veteran, and recently made famous operator, Lin Jayne. My reasons for riding were two-fold:

  1. Learn how the system works from cradle (the initial call) to grave (dropping a passenger off).

  2. Gain the operator’s perspective to better inform the public.

“Hey Sugar, Happy Valentine’s Day!” Lin greeted me as I boarded at the Illini Union at 10 pm and she handed me a heart-shaped lollipop. Our night together was off to a sweet start.

The Rule of Threes

Sunday through Wednesday, three vans work together to serve the 335 SafeRides boundary area. An additional van is added Thursday through Saturday as a backup. The three vans serve distinct areas, although overlap is inevitable and occurs often.

The East van operates from Vine Street and Mathews Avenue, east to west, to University Avenue and Windsor Road, north to south. This may seem like a large service area, but the demand is less. The Northwest van operates from Mathews Avenue and State Street, east to west, to University Avenue and Green Street, north to south. The Southwest van fills in the rest from Wright Street and State Street, east to west, to Green Street and Windsor Road, north to south.

There are three designated pickup locations that are served twice an hour from 9:00 pm until 3:00 am – the period of most demand.

The East serves Illinois Street Residence Halls (ISR) at :27 and :57 after the hour and heads directly to the Illini Union for the :00 and :30 pickup. The Northwest reports to the Illini Union at :00 and :30 as well. The Southwest serves Armory & Wright (Main Library) at :27 and :57 and goes, you guessed it, to the Illini Union.

The Illini Union is the linchpin for 335 SafeRides. Every 30 minutes, all three vans meet in the Illini Union’s circle drive. Passengers that were picked up by the Southwest are transferred to the East, the Northwest transfers passengers to the Southwest, and so on.

“Our goal is to get you off the street,” Lin stressed. “Not provide a speedy ride. Sometimes your ride will be quick, but other times you will have to wait until I can transfer you.”

The Rule Breakers, the No-Shows, and the Confused

The cardinal rules of 335 SafeRides are thus:

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Serving a scheduled pick up on Third Street.

“Three persons or less at the pick up location.” Time is wasted when callers misreport the number of people in their party, which then forces a SafeRides operator to spend time negotiating with the large group instead of getting to the next pick up.

“The trip cannot duplicate fixed-route service.” Many trip requests are turned down because the trip origin and destination are already served by fixed routes. “In many instances, you can walk just one block and get to the Illini or two blocks to get to the Green. I’m worried about the kids who have to walk ten blocks who I’m not getting to as quickly,” Lin said. If you want to walk to fixed-route service, but don’t feel safe walking alone, call SafeWalks.

“The operator will only wait two minutes for passengers.” The number of no-shows and the resulting time wasted is high. While Lin and all other SafeRides operators worry about what may detain a caller, they must move on to other scheduled pickups.

The confused are unsure where they’re going or are simultaneously finalizing plans with friends as they ride. This is not efficient for the operator or other passengers on board/waiting to board.

Lin’s Tips:

  • Know the intersection or address for your origin and destination.

  • Treat your assigned pick up time like the start of an exam and don’t be late.

  • When exiting the van, walk around the back of the vehicle and look for traffic. Just as you would when exiting a bus!

  • SafeRides vans are not crossing guards. Use crosswalks and wait for traffic signals!

  • Wave at MTD vans and buses if you want to board. “It’s so dark out here that sometimes I can’t tell if you’re a light post or a tiny person!”

  • Call your mom!

SafeRides vans are continuously winding throughout the boundary area, serving a new pickup every three minutes, and keeping an eye on riders and pedestrians that are in need.  MTD Dispatchers communicate with the University of Illinois Police Department on a weekly, sometimes nightly basis as incidences are reported by operators or anonymous callers.

It is clear that 335 SafeRides is a valuable and needed service but one that we all must understand and respect. As Lin says to all departing passengers, “Thanks for playing!”

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Emergency Food and Shelter in Champaign-Urbana

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MTD’s Illinois Terminal in downtown Champaign serves many purposes including a safe and warm place to wait for your next bus.

Inspired by the good news of an overnight shelter for homeless men in Champaign-Urbana, we’re dedicating this week’s blog post to the food and shelter resources in our community. The winter months can be some of the hardest for the homeless and poor in our community. Transportation is vital to their ability to stay safe and warm, while also accessing the resources they need.

We encourage everyone to use the below information as starting points for trip planning and navigation. Please use our online Trip Planner and web Maps & Schedules to get full details about route paths, hours, and frequency. People can also grab an updated printed copy of our Maps & Schedules book at Illinois Terminal or on board any bus at no charge. And if there is service on the street, there are always people answering the phones who can assist you. So please don’t hesitate to call us at 217.384.8188.

Winter Emergency Shelter for Women

Austin’s Place provides overnight emergency shelter for women during the winter months at First United Methodist Church located at 210 West Church Street in Champaign. The shelter is open through March 15, 2017 from 7:30 pm until 7:00 am.

People can get there during the weekday daytime on the 3 Lavender, 5 Green and GREENhopper, 6 Orange, 7 Grey, or 9A and 9B Brown. During the weekday evening and over the weekend, route options include the 50 Green and 70 Grey.

Winter Emergency Shelters for Men

The two shelters are open through March 31, 2017 from 9:30 pm to 6:30 am. Sunday through Thursday, the shelter is at the First Presbyterian Church located at 302 West Church Street in Champaign. Friday and Saturday, the shelter is the Faith United Methodist Church located located at 1719 South Prospect Avenue in Champaign.

People can get to the First Presbyterian Church during the weekday daytime on the 1 Yellow, 3 Lavender, 5 Green and GREENhopper, 6 Orange, 7 Grey, and 9A or 9B Brown. During the weekday evening, people can take the 50 Green and GREENhopper or the 70 Grey.

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We seldom let the snow get us down. All members of the community can count on MTD for a ride come snow and ice, rain and fog.

Faith United Methodist Church is served during the day on Friday by the 10 Gold. But those travelling in the evening hours or on Saturday will experience increased difficulty. MTD met with representatives from Faith United Methodist Church, including Sheryl Palmer. She wants to direct men to a few bus stop pick up locations.

“We’re running a shuttle to the Champaign and Urbana Public Libraries – both served by the 50 Green,” Palmer said. “We will also drive into the now vacant County Market parking lot on Kirby near the bus stop of State & Kirby for the 100 Yellow.”

When temperatures fall below 10 degrees, the Faith United Methodist Church shuttles will also stop at The Phoenix located at 34 East Green Street in Champaign. People can get to The Phoenix on the 5/50 Green and GREENhopper.

The Phoenix

This day-time drop in center provides a year-round center and winter daytime warming site for those in our community that need a place to be. Regular hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 12:00 to 5:00 pm. Additional hours may be added (ranging between 6:30 am to 9:00 pm) when daytime temperatures drop below zero and volunteers are available.

It is located at 34 East Green Street in Champaign and is served frequently with the combination of the 5/50 Green and GREENhopper.

C-U Canteen Run and Overnight Warming Center

This mobile truck offers food, drinks, and blankets Sundays 3:00 to 5:00 pm and Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays 6:30 to 9:00 pm.

The truck leaves from The Salvation Army on Market Street and stops at MTD’s Illinois Terminal (almost every MTD route), West Side Park (3/30 Lavender, 5/50 Green and GREENhopper, 6 Orange, or 7 Grey), Catholic Worker House (1 Yellow, 3 Lavender, 5/50 Green and GREENhopper, 7 Grey, or 9A or 9B Brown), and the Urbana Free Library (5/50 Green and GREENhopper, 7/70 Grey, 8 Bronze, 10 Gold, 11/110 Ruby, or 13/130 Silver).

The Daily Bread Soup Kitchen

A “safe, respectful, and inviting environment in an atmosphere of hope and dignity” is located at 116 North First Street in Champaign. They are open daily from 11:00 am until 12:30 pm (doors are open 10:30 am to 12:45 pm).

The Daily Bread is within walking distance from Illinois Terminal where a majority of MTD routes stop. The closest bus stop is Second & Park which is served by the 7/70 Grey.

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army offers emergency housing and a warming center at two locations.

The Salvation Army Red Shield Center serves as a daytime warming center from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. When requested by Champaign County Emergency Management, weekends will also be available for the same hours at The Salvation Army Church.

The Salvation Army Church is located at 502 North Prospect Avenue in Champaign. People can get there by bus during the weekday daytime on the 1 Yellow, 3 Lavender, or 7 Grey. On Saturday and Sunday, the 30 Lavender is the route to take.

The Salvation Army Red Shield Center is located 2212 North Market Street in Champaign. People can take the 1 Yellow and 2 Red during the weekday daytime, the 100 Yellow during the weekday evening, and the 20 Red and 100 Yellow over the weekend.

Additional Resources

We referenced this listing on the City of Champaign’s website to put together this blog post. There are additional resources listed there that include information for families with school-aged children and more details about accessing these services.

Did we miss anything? Add your knowledge to the comments.

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Bike Share Coming to Champaign-Urbana

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Enthusiastic cyclists check in at Research Park during the annual C-U Bike to Work Day. It’s cyclist like these that are inspiring this new partnership.

MTD is about more than buses. We believe public transportation is about mobility and that means choices.  MTD’s service is a critical part of a complex and interrelated mobility network. Which is why we support community partners on projects and readily share our resources. And because of that, we are proud to announce another community transportation partnership.

Presenting Zipbike

Thanks to an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) between MTD, the Cities of Champaign and Urbana, and the University of Illinois, Zipbike is coming to our community! The roots of this IGA were planted in October 2008 when the same agencies got together to bring Zipcar to Champaign-Urbana.

Building off the successful launch of Zipcar, Zipbike will bring bike sharing services to our community. Like Zipcar, Zipbike is a member-driven (literally and figuratively) service where a bike can be picked up at any station around campus and the community, and then dropped off at any other station. Bike sharing services have been popular within large urban communities for many years. The urban-like setting a major university creates in smaller towns generates a similar environment.

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With over a dozen vehicles across Champaign-Urbana, Zipcar is an accessible alternative for people not able or interested in taking on the cost of having a car full time.

A new partnership between Zagster and Zipcar is creating Zipbike – a bike sharing service in university communities. Zipbike has offered Champaign-Urbana a grant on start-up, installation, and on-going expenses to MTD and the University of Illinois. The University of Illinois has a grant that will cover the remaining costs. It’s a win-win-win agreement! One of the primary bike share stations will be at Illinois Terminal.

The tentative plan is to set up 75 bikes across 10 docking stations. The fee to the user will be $50 a year, $55 with a Zipcar membership, or $4 an hour for non-members. The fees will go to Zagster and Zipcar to maintain the program.

Idea Turned Study Turned Reality

Our area’s robust cycling community, fostered each May with Bike Month, have long believed our community yielded adequate demand for a bike share. Students of the University of Illinois have shared similar sentiments. You can read the feasibility study conducted in 2012 that elevated the idea.

Will you use Zipbike? Are you a Zipcar user? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Green Light: Reflecting on 2016

As we welcome 2017 we can’t help but reflect on the year gone by. Here we bring you some of MTD’s favorite sustainability moments, by the numbers.

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Our fleet became 60% hybrid

2016 brought 12 new buses to Champaign-Urbana. Three of the new hybrids replaced diesel buses and the fleet grew by nine. This brought MTD’s fleet to 60% hybrid—one of the largest percentages in the nation!

 

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We helped distribute over 1,000 bike light sets at Light the Night

Each September MTD teams up with the City of Champaign, City of Urbana, and the University of Illinois to share a little light with our local bicyclists. In 2016, the group helped install over 1,000 sets of front and back bike lights.

 

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4 local agencies came together to make MCORE happen

The big news came in 2014, but the real magic happened in 2016: two bid lettings and, eventually, a contract award. Prolific collaboration by the four partner agencies kept the project alive through a few bumps in the road.

 

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Staff volunteered for 3 Street Cleanups 

MTD fulfilled our commitment to the Adopt Urbana Program by cleaning up Main Street three times throughout 2016. The final cleanup of the year raised $75 for the Forest Preserve Friends Foundation of Champaign County.

 

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MTD’s panels produced 226,279 kWh of solar energy

The sun shined down on our Maintenance Facility in 2016, creating clean, renewable energy. The panels on MTD’s facility produced solar energy to supplement our electricity needs… 226,279 kilowatt hours to be exact!

 

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Our ISO 14001 Certification turned 4 years old

2016 marks the fourth year of MTD’s ISO 14001 Certification. Our Environmental Management System is going strong—successfully completing a third-party audit each year.

 

Do you have a favorite sustainability moment in 2016? What do you hope to see MTD accomplish in 2017?

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Voters in Presidential Election Express Bi-Partisan Support for Public Transportation

Adapted from a press release from the American Public Transportation Association released on December 16, 2016.

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Voters across the country believe in supporting public transportation and the access it provides for all modes.

In the wake of the presidential election, there are few issues that unite Americans more than the critical need to ensure public transportation infrastructure continues to connect our communities. Recently, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) released a poll conducted immediately after the election that shows strong support for continued investment in public transportation, including among a majority of Donald Trump voters.

Nearly 70% of Americans across the country support investment to repair and improve public transportation, per APTA’s survey conducted amongst voters of the last presidential election.

A large majority of Americans who voted for Donald Trump also support greater investment, polling at 65% of those surveyed. The 2016 First View Post-Election Research poll was conducted for APTA by the polling company Heart+Mind Strategies.

“[This] poll…mirrors what we’ve found in the past: Voters from both parties support public transportation,” said Hearts+Minds Strategy CEO and Managing Partner, Dee Allsop. “At a time when there are many public policy issues that highlight divisions, public transportation is an exception.”

The national voter survey showed that:

  • 81% of Donald Trump voters oppose any cuts to current levels of public transportation investment;

  • 69% of all voters support the use of their tax dollars for public transportation. This includes a majority (53 percent) of Trump voters.

  • More than 69% of Americans believe our public transportation infrastructure is in “crisis,” including 63 percent of Trump voters.

“While Americans may be divided on the overall direction of our country, we know this much: Voters for both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump support public transportation,” said APTA’s Acting President and CEO Richard A. White. “Americans understand that investment in public transportation creates jobs and that public transportation will produce greater economic growth for our local communities. That’s something we can all get behind.”

APTA officials note through previous studies, economists estimate that for every $1 communities invest in public transportation, approximately $4 is generated in economic returns, both from job creation and from connectivity of our communities.

“There is a bright future ahead for our country when we unite to make smart investments in public transportation that connect and grow our communities,” White said. “This survey demonstrates that Americans agree. We urge Congress to take note and act swiftly.”

The 2016 First View Post-Election Research was conducted online with a representative sample of voters on November 11, 2016 and prepared for APTA by Heart+Mind Strategies. While steps are taken to make these results as representative as possible of 2016 voters, all sample surveys, and polls, whether or not they use probability sampling, are subject to multiple sources of error, including sampling error, coverage error, error associated with question wording and more. In the case where none of these sources of error are present, a probability sample size of 1003 would have a margin of error of +/- 3.1% at the 95% confidence level.

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Winter Break Service Reductions 2016-2017

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None of the University of Illinois Service Reductions impact the service Parkland College receives. The 5 GREENhopper, 7 Grey, 9A/9B Brown, 16 Pink, 50 Green, and 180 Lime will continue to operate regular schedules.

Happy Finals Week to the University of Illinois and Parkland College! Beginning this Saturday, December 17, MTD will reduce some of our services for the University’s Winter Break. These reductions will last through Saturday, January 14, 2017. The reductions will begin to lift at the start of service on Sunday, January 15 and the remainder will come off on Monday, January 16. MTD will operate full and regular service on that Monday, which is also Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Moving to Limited

The Teal, Silver, and Illini will operate their limited alter-egos throughout the four-week break. The 12 Teal during the weekday daytime will not operate trips with a “U” footnote. This reduces the route’s frequency to every 20 minutes.

The 13 Silver weekday daytime follows the same reduction formula. The 130 Silver, which operates in the evening and on the weekends, runs a shortened route. Please take time to view a map of the Silver Limited before riding. Like the Teal, the Silver will operate with 20 minute frequency until January 15, 2017. 10 minute service will resume on Monday, January 16.

The 22/220 Illini Limited has different routing and the frequency moves from every 10 minutes to every 30. The Illini Limited runs through all daytypes. It is crucial that the routing is checked before riding. The full Illini route and frequency will resume at 6:30 pm on January 15, 2017.

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One of the UI Break reductions affects the 22/220 Illini. The Illini Limited operates throughout the break with 30 minute frequency and an abbreviated routing.

Not in Service

The 2 Red Express is not in service during UI Breaks. The 2 Red Express is designated in the 2 Red timetable by the footnotes “L” and “U.” Both footnotes detail that these trips only operate during the University’s Fall and Spring Semesters. There are four of these trips during the weekday daytime. Each begins at Lincoln & Nevada, serves Market Place Mall, stops at Ashland Park, and then returns to campus to do it all over again. The 2 Red Express will resume service on January 16, 2017.

There will be no late night service (after midnight) on the 50 Green, 100 Yellow, 120 Teal, 130 Silver, and 220 Illini for the entire break. Late night service will return, although it will technically be in the wee morning hours of January 16 (since it is after midnight), on Sunday, January 15, 2017.

335 SafeRides

335 SafeRides will operate during the University of Illinois Winter Break but it will be reduced. It will operate Monday through Saturday until 12:30 am. Trip requests will be taken until midnight. There will be no 335 SafeRides on the Sundays of the break because MTD does not operate any evening service when the University is not in session. This will include Sunday, December 18 and, of course, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day (when MTD is closed), and finally Sunday, January 8, 2017. Sunday Evening and Late Night Service will resume on Sunday, January 15 and that includes full 335 SafeRides.

The SafeRides’ designated pick up locations will not be served during the reduced service period. Those locations are the Illini Union, Illinois Street Residence (ISR) Hall, and Main Library (Armory & Wright).

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Our no service reminder that is posted behind the driver on all of our buses.

We Celebrate the Holidays Too

There will be no MTD service in the evening on Christmas Eve (Saturday, December 24) or New Year’s Eve (Saturday, December 31). Saturday Daytime service will operate, but any times under the title “evening” will not operate. There is no MTD service all day on Christmas (Sunday, December 25) and New Year’s Day (Sunday, January 1, 2017).

Thank you for making accommodations and thank you for riding and supporting public transportation. We are so grateful to this community. In case you missed it, please read our gratitude post from Thanksgiving.

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Green Light: Sustainable Holiday Tips

MTD’s Employee Sustainability Committee aims to encourage all employees to be environmentally responsible both on and off the clock. This year, committee members put their heads together to make a list of favorite sustainable strategies for the holiday season. We gathered up these tips to display for all employees, and thought the you might appreciate the information as well. The more (green) the merrier!

"leftovers" "waste" "shop local" "wrapping" "electronics"

Take a tip from MTD’s employee sustainability committee!

MTD’s Employee Sustainability Committee wishes you a safe, happy, and sustainable holiday season. Do you have any sustainable holiday tips to add to our list?

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