Bus contract extended in Champaign

May 1, 2018 by  

The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD) board recently voted unanimously to extend an agreement that will continue bus service to the University of Illinois for another three years.

The agreement has been in force for the past 29 years, transporting faculty, staff, and students to the campus.

The agreement, which will be in effect until June 30, 2021, calls for the University to pay the MTD various amounts over the three years. The partnership was first created in 1989 in order to give students traveling in the evening a safe way to get to and from the campus. Increasing the bus service also allowed the university to avoid having to build additional parking structures. It has proved to be effective, particularly in reducing traffic congestion on campus.

Under the terms of the agreement, transportation to the campus is free. The MTD also runs an on-demand service, known as SafeRides, for students on campus late at night.

Karl Gnadt, the managing director of the MTD, is planning to hold an open house soon to find out if members of the public would be interested in an on-demand service for the southwestern part of the city. This will take place tomorrow, May 2, from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm, at Champaign Fire Station No. 6, located on Windsor Road.

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