November 23, 2017
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MTD’s 2014-2015 Service Year Begins August 17

"CUMTD" "MTD" "Maps & Schedules Book" "2014-2015"

The cover of MTD’s 2014-2015 Maps & Schedules Book. “MTD Opens Doors to New Connections and Stronger Communities”

MTD’s new service year begins this Sunday, August 17. For MTD employees, riders, and bus lovers, it’s an exciting time. Our service is updated once a year and it requires months of feedback, planning, preparation, and production.

Resources

We covered the significant changes in a June post that preceded our June 16 public hearing on the proposed service improvements. When those were endorsed by the public, we elaborated on the addition of designated stops in downtown Champaign in this July post.

On July 28, we published a link on our website to a PDF of all 176 pages of the 2014-2015 Maps & Schedules Book. This gives everyone extra time to study route and timetable changes as well as look up the new designated stops for their routes that serve downtown Champaign.

Yesterday, August 10 was the last day MTD service workers stocked buses with the 2013-2014 Maps & Schedules Book. Today, August 11, our fleet hit the streets stocked with the new 2014-2015 Maps & Schedules Book. Please pick up a copy the next time you ride or grab a new edition at Illinois Terminal.

We can’t stress this fact enough so let’s put it in bold italics: The new routes and timetables found in the 2014-2015 Maps & Schedules Book begin with the start of service on Sunday, August 17 and not a moment before.

Please continue to reference the 2013-2014 book or our website for accurate map and schedule information for the final week of our current service year.

Rider Tools

"CUMTD" "MTD" "Trip Planner" "calendar"

Our Trip Planner allows you to select a day in the future to get itineraries that reflect service changes.

Our Trip Planner is already loaded with the updated route and schedule information for the 2014-2015 service year including school trippers to area middle and high schools, reduced service when the University of Illinois is not in session, and regular service during the UI fall and spring semesters. To access this information, you need only set the calendar date to the future. Wait a minute, Doc. Are you telling me that you built a time machine… out of a Trip Planner? Precisely.

When planning your trip, enter your starting and ending points. The Trip Planner accepts addresses, intersections, and landmarks. After hitting enter, the next page gives you the option to set a few preferences. One of the choices is a date and if you click on the date, you can set the calendar for the first day of class at Parkland College (August 18), the first day of regular UI service (August 22), or the first day of class at the University of Illinois (August 25). The Trip Planner will adjust the resulting itineraries accordingly.

The data that feeds our developer-made apps operates the same way. So no excuses that you didn’t have enough time to study before the test!

Service Reductions

This week is the last week of our 2013-2014 service year as well as the last full week of our summer service reductions. Full regular UI service returns at the start of service on Friday, August 22. In next week’s post, we’ll cover the difference between a “UI Day” and a “Non-UI Day.”

Questions? Comments? We’re open doors in the comments below.

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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