MTD Provides Online Learn-to-Ride Resources for Unit 4, District 116 Families

Through MTD’s partnership with both Champaign Unit 4 and Urbana School District 116, we have traditionally been able to provide on-site Learn-to-Ride presentations to outgoing Fifth Grade classes to teach students the rules for riding MTD before they go on to middle school. Naturally, that did not occur this year with schools suspending in-person instruction due to COVID-19.

MTD is aware that preparing students to access public transportation is a very small part of the information students and families need during these rapidly evolving times. However, we do still believe that the ability to safely and competently access transit is an important life skill that we would like to put into the hands of students and their families.

While both Champaign Unit 4 and Urbana School District 116 Middle and High Schools are still devising Back To School plans that will best serve their students and staff, and plans are ever-changing, MTD is happy to announce that virtual Learn-to-Ride resources are available on our Schools page at mtd.org.

We hope this information will be used by families preparing for Sixth Grade, families who may be new to our community, or those families who just need a refresher. At the top of our Schools page, users can click the Learn to Ride link to access the Learn To Ride training video the District would normally present to Fifth Grade classes in person. This link also accesses a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) parents might have, and these FAQs have been translated into Spanish and French.

Once local schools finalize their reopening plans, families can use our Schools page to plan student's school trips by selecting a school, and entering a starting or home address in the white address box on the school’s landing page. MTD's School Trip Planner will provide families with routing information for trips to school and home from school.

MTD believes that providing transportation on our buses to and from school for eligible students affords our community the opportunity to train a whole new generation to use and be comfortable with public transportation. We view this as an important life skill that a lot of kids in communities our size may not learn, unless they go to school in Champaign-Urbana, or another, larger city. Riding MTD gives kids the chance to learn how better to interact with adults and conduct themselves in public settings, which makes for a better community.