MTD foresees benefits - from better security cameras to outdoor screens for schedules - in joining broadband consortium

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District board Wednesday formally committed the MTD to the Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband Consortium.

The MTD will pay $339,102 to become part of the group, plus an annual fiber maintenance charge of $24,910 during the 20-year term of the agreement.

Becoming part of consortium, said Bill Volk, the director of the MTD, will allow the transit system to undertake a number of technological improvements, including using high-quality security cameras at bus stops and establishing outdoor kiosks with LED screens to let passengers know when buses are coming or to receive emergency information.

Big Broadband also will give the MTD a faster and less expensive connection between its headquarters in East Urbana and its Illinois Terminal station in downtown Champaign.

More in Thursday's News-Gazette.

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