MTD looks to expand routes, service & schedule

Published 05/23 2013 05:51PM

Updated 05/23 2013 06:23PM

CHAMPAIGN-URBANA -- Changes could be in store for bus riders including new routes in the fall. WCIA-3's Jessica Shaw finds out more about MTD.

Leaders hope to add more buses. A public hearing just wrapped at the Illinois Terminal. CUMTD wants more buses running more frequently and more routes on the schedule.

Those are just some of the changes. These buses are how Linda Garlick gets around.

"I would be home-bound without it because I live in an area that's not close to any store, even for groceries."

She depends on CUMTD. So do hundreds of other riders. That's why MTD hopes to make some changes for the better.

"We found, on the Green Route, when UI is out of session, we still had many, many people who were having trouble making connections. So, we're adding 15-minutes on the Green Route."

Other proposed changes include a new $15 monthly pass, raising the price of a year pass to $72 and adding a brand new route in West Champaign. This would provide bus service to the new YMCA.

"Every fall we make changes that we think will help the community and we think these are among them."

It's changes riders, like Garlick, would like to see. She hopes more buses mean less congestion.

"That would be good. Sometimes those buses would be like a sardine can."

And a better ride for her and all the others who roll through here. Those proposals go before the MTD board Wednesday. They'll know then what sticks and what doesn't.

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