MTD Ridership Reaches Record High

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CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD) reports it reached a record high of 13,552,543 ridership for the fiscal year of 2015.

This ridership is up 2% from the 2014 fiscal year. MTD has managed to reach a record number of riders for the past seven years. Reports also say the transit district’s ridership for the 130,000 member community is higher than larger districts in Nashville, TN, Omaha, NE or Indianapolis, IN. IN’s CityBus, which serves Purdue University, carries fewer than half the number of riders of MTD. MTD’s ridership is also higher than combined ridership of providers Bloomington-Normal, Decatur, Rock Island and Springfield.

Passengers are counted by an Automatic Passenger Counter (APC) whenever they board buses. Accuracy for these counters is verified monthly through manual counts.

MTD has introduced higher frequency service starting in 2008. The district uses STOPwatch real-time tools to improve customer knowledge and confidence of bus routes. Utilization of public transportation is shown to result in less traffic congestion, improved air quality and reduced consumption of fossil fuels as well as more parking availability.

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