MTD sets hearing on fare, route changes

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District will have a public hearing next week on proposed fare changes and route and schedule revisions.

The hearing will be from 4 to 6 p.m. May 23, on the fourth floor of the Illinois Terminal in downtown Champaign.

There will be no formal presentation of the revisions, but MTD staff will be present to explain the changes and to record comments.

Those unable to attend the public hearing can forward comments in writing, either by email at mtdweb@cumtd.com, or by mail to 1101 E. University Ave., Urbana, 61802.

Among the proposed fare and route and schedule changes are:

— An increase in the cost of an annual pass from $60 to $72.

— Instituting a new monthly pass at a cost of $15.

— Year-round, expanded service on the high-frequency Greenhopper route that connects Champaign and Urbana and runs through the University of Illinois campus. The Greenhopper, with its 15-minute service, now runs only during the UI's main academic year and goes only as far as Prospect Avenue in Champaign.

Under the service expansion plan, the Greenhopper would run year-round, Mondays through Saturdays and evenings, and would operate as far west as the Country Fair area of Champaign. The expanded service would cost an estimated $460,000 to $470,000 a year.

At Country Fair, the Greenhopper would connect to several other MTD routes serving west Champaign, including a new unnamed route that will serve the Stephens Family YMCA.

— Expanded, fixed-route service between Country Fair shopping center in Champaign and the Stephens Family YMCA, the Glenshire subdivision, Horizon Hobby, a proposed Champaign County Housing Authority development and the Village at the Crossing retail center. It likely will be called the Navy route and will run with 30-minute frequency, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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