SafeRides is an on-demand van service providing a safe ride for individuals (or small groups up to three people) traveling at night in areas of campus where standard bus service is unavailable. Trips must be within the designated SafeRides boundaries (See map).

Trip requests will be taken until 6AM during UI Fall & Spring semesters and 12AM over breaks. SafeRides operates during the University of Illinois (UI) Fall & Spring Semesters. During breaks, (Fall, Winter, & Spring), SafeRides service is reduced. During the UI Summer Sessions I & II there is no SafeRides service. 

SafeRides is included with UI tuition, just present a valid iCard. Request a trip in the MTD Connect (by Via) app or by phone at 217.384.8188.

A SafeRides request is not eligible and may be denied if the trip:

  • Travels out of the service boundaries
  • Includes more than three people
  • Duplicates fixed-route bus service
  • Is going to or from bars
  • Acts as an emergency medical transport