Did you miss Quad Day? Read this post to learn our top six suggestions to be an easy MTD rider.
1. Get an App
There are several different apps available across multiple device platforms. Visit our App Garage, peruse the offerings, download a few, and see which one you like best! We recommend apps that have a trip planning feature. This enables you to put in a starting and ending points for specific trip information.
Did you know that all of these apps are powered by MTD’s data? We released an API (Application Programming Interface) in 2011 and are thrilled so many local developers have designed functional tools for all to use. Want to be the next bus app developer?
2. University of Illinois Students Ride Fare Free
Show your iCard and go! The semesterly fees you pay cover your transportation all day, every day. Whether you’re riding on campus or heading up to north Prospect for shopping and a movie, your iCard has you covered.
If you see the iStop symbol (pictured left), you do not need to show your iCard. You can hop on the front or back door. Six routes that serve campus (1/100 Yellow/YELLOWhopper, 10 Gold/GOLDhopper, 12/120 Teal, 13/130 Silver and Silver Limited, 21 Raven, 22/220 Illini and Illini Limited) offer iStops. These expedite the boarding process so MTD can keep moving through campus and get you to your destination more quickly.
3. Get to Know the Streets
Understanding which streets run north/south versus east/west is valuable knowledge for navigating both the buses and campus itself. The order of these streets will also be helpful as you learn our bus routing. Don’t be intimidated, be informed!
4. Our Trip Planner Knows Campus
Our Trip Planner, which powers the apps, can take addresses, intersections, and landmarks. That means you can enter a campus building, like Lincoln Hall, and the Trip Planner will point you to the closest bus stop.
5. Additional Service to PAR/FAR
The 21 Raven now serves College Court. Every 30 minutes, residents of Pennsylvania Avenue Residence Hall (PAR) and Florida Avenue Residence Hall (FAR) can hope on this circulator route, which runs a complete loop around the Quad. The 21 Raven also serves Veterinary Medicine on Lincoln.
6. No Service to Chicago or Chicago Suburbs
People ask us all the time if MTD provides transportation to downtown Chicago or the suburbs. We’re sorry but no, we do not. There are, however, several providers that do and many of them pull out of our multimodal facility called Illinois Terminal. These include Amtrak, Burlington Trailways, Greyhound, and Peoria Charter. If you picked up a copy of our Maps & Schedules Book, the back cover features the latest bus schedule for Peoria Charter.
What did we miss? Share your tips in the comments below.