Hydrogen Fuel Cell Buses
MTD is the first in the nation to commercially order 60’, articulated, hydrogen fuel cell buses and is currently in the planning phase to develop the needed infrastructure and access for these zero-emission vehicles. An announcement of partial federal grant funding for the project was made in 2017 and the buses are expected to be deployed on the University of Illinois campus by 2019-20.
MTD, in partnership with the City of Champaign, the City of Urbana, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois), secured a $15.7 million federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER VI) Grant to expand mobility choices and increase access to employers, education, healthcare, and other services along five core transit corridors in the University District.
Illinois Terminal Expansion
As part of a new public-private partnership (P3) in the area adjacent to MTD's Illinois Terminal, Developer Hans Grotelueschen and MTD hope to partner with the City of Champaign and University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics (DIA) to include a hockey arena and athletics event center for approximately 5000 spectators. This could become the largest development in Champaign's history and will be over 80% privately funded—find out what it could do for our area.
Downtown Urbana Off-Street Transit Facility
MTD is planning mobility and access for an entire region, now and for the future. MTD & the City of Urbana are working together to study the feasibility of an economic development project that incorporates an off-street transit facility with an intergovernmental center.
CDL Training Center
Located just east of MTD’s Administration & Operations Facility, MTD’s CDL Training Center consists of a 5,500 square foot facility to provide an on-site office, classroom, restroom, and vehicle storage. The Center can accommodate all of the required maneuvers for training while ensuring a high level of safety and is marked for buses, firetrucks, bicycles, and tractor trailers.
Maintenance Facility & Garage Expansion
MTD's 111-bus fleet, repair & body shop, bus wash, other vehicles, and parts inventory all need a home. This facility was built to meet that need and later expanded to accommodate MTD's Safety & Training Department and their efforts. The upstairs space includes classrooms for new employee and review training, driving simulators, computer-based training, and space for rural transit offices.
Completed in 1999, Illinois Terminal is MTD’s multimodal facility located at 45 E. University Ave., Champaign. Along with its fourth floor CityView Event & Meeting Center, Illinois Terminal serves people daily from all over the region. The Illinois Terminal project kickstarted the redevelopment of downtown Champaign, resulting in the vibrant, inviting city center that Champaign enjoys today.