Winter Service Reductions Begin Nov. 21 | Extend through Jan. 23, 2021

To coincide with the University of Illinois’ modified Fall and Winter Break schedule and the suspension of in-person instruction for the remainder of the Fall semester, MTD is reducing scheduled service effective Saturday, November 21.

MTD normally reduces service during all University of Illinois Breaks, including Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer. Because the University of Illinois will not return to in-person instruction after Fall Break, the reduced non-UI service will begin at the start of service on November 21, and continue through the end of Winter Break, Saturday, January 23, 2021.

The reductions primarily impact SafeRides Connect, routes serving campus, and late-night service after 12:00AM. The decision was made in concert with our community partners after extensive analysis of service demand, workforce availability, and alternate scheduling implemented as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic response:

SafeRides Connect

November 21 through the end of the University of Illinois’ Winter Break, January 23, SafeRides will operate from 5:00PM until 12:30AM, with final reservations taken until 12:00AM. SafeRides expanded service to N. Lincoln Ave. will be suspended for the winter. SafeRides will not operate on Sundays between November 22, and January 17, 2021. 

Fixed Route Reductions

2 Red: Express trips (designated with the L and U footnotes) do not operate Monday through Friday.

12 Teal: 20-minute frequencies during Weekday Daytime. Trips on those schedules with the “U” footnote will not operate.

13 Silver: 20-minute frequencies during Weekday Daytime. Trips on those schedules with the “U” footnote will not operate.

22/220 Illini Limited: 30-minute frequencies and abbreviated routing during all day types.

130 Silver Limited: Abbreviated routing during Weekday Evenings and throughout the Weekend at 20-minute frequencies. 130 Silver Limited operates abbreviated routing from the regular Silver.

Late Night: No Late Night (after midnight) service on the 50 Green, 100 Yellow, 120 Teal, 130 Silver Limited, and 220 Illini Limited.

Sunday Service: No Sunday Evening or Late Night service. This affects the 50 Green, 100 Yellow, 120 Teal, 130 Silver Limited, and 220 Illini Limited.

Holiday Service Reductions

Over the holiday season, MTD services do not operate on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26. MTD will also not provide Evening service on Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24, or New Year’s Eve, Thursday, December 31. MTD services do not operate on Christmas Day, Friday, December 25, or on New Year’s Day, Friday, January 1.

MTD appreciates your 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.

Make sure you create an account at mtd.org to receive customized service reminders and alerts. You can also give us a call at 217.384.8188 if you have questions.