MTD Providing Free Rides

Autumn Soliman

UPDATED 8/11/2020 - In light of the evolving public health situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD) is temporarily suspending fare enforcement for all passengers of MTD’s fixed-route bus service, ADA Paratransit, on-demand service, and C-CARTS rural transportation service. Suspension of fare enforcement began on Tuesday, March 17, at the start of service and will continue until further notice.

Suspending fares encourages social distancing by eliminating the need for our Operators to handle cash, coin, and transfer slips with passengers. Suspending fares 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 at a reduced level of service until further notice. These service reductions are focused primarily on campus and late-night service. Our Maintenance team continues to employ additional sanitation efforts by regularly sterilizing our vehicles with electrostatic sprayers using EPA-registered, medical-grade disinfectant. 

MTD has followed, and will continue to follow, State and Federal guidelines and will continue to evolve alongside the recommendations from the CDC and our local Public Health District. 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 wearing a mask or face covering, washing hands regularly, and staying home when sick.

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

Originally published March 16, 2020