This blog post was originally published on January 21, 2013. It was updated on February 11, 2015.
In December, MTD announced that service to the Stephen’s Family YMCA of Champaign County would begin in January 2013. And on January 14, 2013 we did just that. Here’s a breakdown of weekday daytime service options:
The 14 Navy is a commuter route that provides AM and PM trips to transport people living in southwest Champaign to and from the University of Illinois. The Navy now serves the YMCA on every trip at the intersection of Windsor Road & Fields South Drive. This route is served by 30 or 40-foot buses and will not pull into the circle drive.
Four trips serve the YMCA in the morning and there are three trips in the afternoon. Connections to other fixed routes can be made at Lot E-14 or the Transit Plaza on Wright Street.
Introduced for our 2013-2014 service year, the 16 Pink operates during the weekday daytime. It is a north/south route that operates between Fieldstone at Horizon Hobby and Duncan & Crestridge. The Pink operates with 30 minute frequency and departures from Fieldstone at Horizon Hobby are coordinated with the 5 GREENhopper. The 5 GREENhopper serves Country Fair, enabling passengers to connect to the 4 Blue, 5 Green, 5 Green Express, 6 Orange, and the 9A/9B Brown. Passengers may also ride on to Illinois Terminal, campus, and downtown Urbana!
On Unit 4 school days only, passengers on the afternoon 5W Green #2 Copper Ridge bus serving Edison, Franklin, and Jefferson Middle Schools may request that the bus divert to serve the YMCA for after school programs. School trips are open to the public.
Future Informed by Present
MTD will monitor ridership on all three of these weekday daytime options. There are passenger counters on all of our buses that track where passengers board and alight. This helps inform future service to the area.
Have you taken MTD to the YMCA? What was your trip itinerary?