MTD Pulse

MTD Providing Free Rides

Autumn Soliman

In light of the rapidly developing public health situation with COVID-19, the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD) will be temporarily offering free rides to all passengers for MTD’s fixed-route bus service, ADA Paratransit, and C-CARTS rural transportation service. Free rides began on Tuesday, March 17, at the start of service and will continue until further notice.

Allowing free rides encourages social distancing by eliminating the need for our Operators to handle cash, coin, and transfer slips with passengers. Free rides will also allow parents the ability to travel to various meal distribution sites with their children when local schools are not in session to provide daily lunches. While we do encourage all passengers to stay home if they are sick or able to do so, we recognize that may not be not possible for everyone, so MTD is removing barriers to help those in need get to important destinations, such as work, grocery stores, and assistance centers.

MTD is operating its non-University of Illinois Service until further notice. These service reductions are the same as those for Fall and Winter Break, and are focused on campus. Our Maintenance team continues to employ additional sanitation efforts by regularly sterilizing our vehicles with electrostatic sprayers using EPA-registered, medical-grade disinfectant. All MTD employees have also been given individual hand sanitizers and will be given time to recover at home if they are sick.

We are monitoring the situation closely and are prepared to increase our efforts to protect our employees and passengers as the situation evolves. We ask that all passengers also do their part to stop the spread of infection by following recommendations set forth by the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD), such as washing hands regularly and staying home when sick.

To get more information or for help planning a trip, riders may call 217-384-8188.