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How to Get to the YMCA on MTD

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:

14 Navy

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.

16 Pink

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!

School Trips

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?

About Amy Snyder

Amy Snyder is the Customer Service Manager at the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District. She writes and manages content for this blog, The Inside Lane, as well as the social media pages for CUMTD.
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2 Responses to How to Get to the YMCA on MTD

  1. Beth says:

    Why doesn’t the Navy return back along Windsor Road? I live near Windsor and Prospect,and it would be a perfect way to get to the YMCA at the time of day I want to go, but going home the way you suggest would take me forever (and I would have to accomplish everything I wanted to at the YMCA in exactly an hour or I would miss my last connecting bus at the Illinois Terminal. Not an easy thing to do if I have my small daughter with me.

    These initial measures to serve the YMCA seem pretty meager. Is that because there isn’t expected to be much use? I feel frustrated that these services will be used to gauge interest, when they won’t be practical for people like me. I would love to be able to get to (and back from) the YMCA on the MTD.

  2. asnyder says:

    Thank you for sharing your trip information and feedback.

    The temporary service put in place to serve the YMCA was done in the middle of our fiscal year. We are drawing from resources (vehicles, operators, etc.) that have already been allocated. The 14 Navy is served by a single bus. During the PM trips, there is not enough time for the bus to travel the same service path eastbound in order to make the already scheduled westbound trips. That is why Windsor & Prospect is not served.

    The returning “deadhead” (eastbound) route selected for the 14 Navy serves two major transfer points in Champaign: Country Fair and Illinois Terminal. For passengers starting on the University of Illinois campus, who want to go to the YMCA, the 14 Navy is great. But we want to make sure that riders can easily transfer to campus, downtown Champaign, downtown Urbana, or any other corner of the District. By diverting north and serving major transfer points, MTD seeks to increase trip options for more people.

    The point you make regarding accurately gauging interest is valid. This is a challenge MTD and every transit district faces when considering new and expanding service. How do you prove potential support for a service if people can’t ride it? Contacting MTD is the perfect way to help improve our system. Your comments were submitted to our Director of Service Delivery.

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