UI students to vote on MTD fee increase
University of Illinois students will decide next month whether they want to increase the fee to ride buses on campus.
The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District gathered about 4,300 signatures last week to place a question on the ballot during spring elections next month. The district needed 3,500 signatures to get it on the ballot.
The question asks students if they support an increase "to cover the costs associated with operations and the safe rides on campus program."
The fee is currently $50 a semester, and it would increase over a period of three years to $59 a semester.
MTD Assistant Managing Director Tom Costello said more funding is needed to cover increased fuel and labor costs and requests for additional services by students.
Costello said some students are remaining on campus during periods when school is not in session, like winter and spring breaks, and want bus service to continue.
Students will vote on increasing the fee during the spring elections on March 6-7. If the students approve the increase, it would take effect next fall.