Spring Semester Brings Changes to Campus-Oriented Service | Sunday, January 24, 2021
MTD service on and near the University of Illinois campus will be changing with the start of the University’s Spring Semester on Sunday, January 24, 2021, bringing with it reductions to the campus service MTD would otherwise provide in a pre-pandemic semester.
Spring Semester MTD service and frequency will mimic the service model that has been in place over Winter Break, but will also include 22/220 Illini and Illini Limited service, though with modified service hours and slightly altered trip times and frequencies. SafeRides Connect service hours will be reduced throughout the semester, ending at 12:30AM, with final reservations taken until 12:00AM. SafeRides will not operate between 12:30AM and 6:30AM during this service reduction.
There will also be no Late Night service on any route. Routes will operate through the end of their Weekday Evening schedules, with last trips concluding before 1:00AM.
The decision to make these changes to service were made in concert with the University and other community partners after extensive analysis of service demand, workforce availability, and alternate scheduling implemented as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic response.
Providing reliable service that our passengers can plan their lives around is elemental to the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District. With these reductions to our full Spring Semester service, MTD can ensure the consistent provision of our fixed-route bus service and ADA Paratransit trips, maintain the ability to deploy additional vehicles to respond quickly to capacity issues, and continue to be responsive to evolving community transportation needs.
The details on the routes and schedules affected by these changes are listed below, and are also available on our website, mtd.org, and through our passenger tools, like real-time information and our Trip Planner. Passengers consulting our print materials, like our Maps & Schedules Book, are advised to double check their trips and connections using these online tools or by calling 217.384.8188.
SafeRides Connect Reductions
MTD is maintaining its current Winter Break SafeRides schedule, and will operate Sunday, January 24 – Monday, March 15 from 5:00PM until 12:30AM, with final reservations taken until 12:00AM. On Saturday, March 13, 2021, SafeRides will operate from 7:00PM until 12:30AM, with final reservations taken until 12:00AM.
SafeRides will not operate between 12:30AM and 6:30AM during this service reduction. SafeRides’ expanded service to the North Lincoln Ave. corridor that includes the ONE South/North development, Capstone Quarters, The Atrium, and The Retreat will remain suspended.
Weekday Daytime Reductions
2 Red: Unchanged from Winter Break. Express trips (designated by the “L” and “U” footnotes) will not operate Monday through Friday.
12 Teal: Unchanged from Winter Break. 20-minute frequencies during Weekday Daytime. Trips with the “U” footnote will not operate.
13 Silver: Unchanged from Winter Break. 20-minute frequencies during Weekday Daytime. Trips with the “U” footnote will not operate.
22 Illini: Will run full Illini routing during Weekday Daytime schedule, but at 20-minute frequencies.
The only 22N Illini trips with the “L” footnote – which operate Lincoln to Anthony to Oak to Kenyon Road to Lincoln – will occur at 6:58AM, 7:42AM, 8:42AM, 12:22PM, 3:22PM, 4:22PM, 5:22PM, 6:22PM, and 7:22PM.
Weekday Evening Reductions
130 Silver Limited: Unchanged from Winter Break. 130 Silver Limited operates abbreviated routing during Weekday Evenings at 20-minute frequencies.
220 Illini Evening: Will run Illini Evening routing during the Weekday Evening schedule, but at 20-minute frequencies, until 9:00PM.
At 9:00PM, the Illini Evening will run at 30-minute frequencies, ending at PAR at 12:29AM. The only trip with the “L” footnote – which operates Lincoln to Anthony to Oak to Kenyon Road to Lincoln – will occur at 11:25PM on weekday evenings.
Late Night Reductions: The 50 Green, 100 Yellow, 120 Teal, 130 Silver Limited, and 220 Illini Evening routes will operate only through the end of their Weekday Evening schedules, with last trips concluding before 1:00AM.
Saturday Service Reductions
130 Silver Limited Saturday: Unchanged from Winter Break. 130 Silver Limited operates abbreviated routing during Saturday Evenings at 20-minute frequencies. No Late Night trips.
Sunday Service Reductions
No Sunday Evening or Late Night service on the 50 Green, 100 Yellow, 120 Teal, or 130 Silver Limited.
SafeRides will operate on Saturdays and Sundays until 12:30AM, with final reservations taken until 12:00AM.
MTD appreciates our passenger’s patience and understanding while we work to keep our services running and available to our community, and to protect the health and safety of our passengers, visitors, and employees, in the face of these unprecedented circumstances.
MTD would like to remind our customers that both passengers and Operators are required to wear masks or face coverings at all times while on board, in accordance with Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) Ordinance 2020-08-05. If you need a mask, please ask your Operator. Additionally, the suspension of fare enforcement/ID validation and temporary rear door-only boarding remain in effect.
Passengers are urged to visit mtd.org or call 217.384.8188 any time our buses are running for immediate assistance and to get the most up-to-date information. Make sure you create an account at mtd.org to receive customized service reminders and alerts.