MTD Pulse

MTD’s SafeRides Now in the App Store!

MTD’s SafeRides service is now serving the University of Illinois campus through a new on-demand app, MTD Connect. Users can search for “MTD Connect” in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, and download the MTD Connect app for free.

With the launch of the new app, designated pickups at the Illini Union, Armory & Wright (Main Library), and Illinois Street Residence Hall (ISR) are no longer available.

Users can Plan a Journey using the new SafeRides app, or schedule a ride by phone by calling 217.265.RIDE (7433) to have a Dispatcher plan a journey for you.  SafeRides is available on campus from 7:00PM to 6:30AM through the end of the Spring Semester (ride requests taken until 6:00AM).

Combining computer-aided dispatching into the SafeRides service model gives MTD the potential to reduce ride times associated with SafeRides, improve trip efficiency, and offer increased levels of consistency among trip requests. While a SafeRide will still be a phone call away, adding an on-demand app allows MTD to make SafeRides even better for our passengers.

The purpose of SafeRides is to provide safe transportation to individuals who are generally traveling alone when no other means of safe transportation are available within the designated SafeRides boundaries. There is a maximum limit of three (3) persons per pick-up location. SafeRides does not duplicate fixed-route bus service already provided by MTD. All rides with MTD are considered safe rides. SafeRides does not provide emergency transportation services to medical facilities. (Please call 9-1-1 for medical assistance.) SafeRides does not provide service to and from any bars.

In addition to SafeRides, SafeWalks is another option if you're out late at night in Campustown. Managed by the University of Illinois Police Department and operated by Illinois students, the UI Police Student Patrol will meet faculty, staff, and students and walk with them to their home, a nearby bus stop, etc. The Student Patrollers receive training and have radio communication with police officers. You can contact SafeWalks at 217.333.1216.