C-U bus company approves transportation services for PGA event

By Phil Collins

The Champaign Urbana Mass Transit District approved the use of up to 13 buses by Rock Island, Ill., in its June board meeting Wednesday. The approval is pending the Federal Transit Administration’s verification.

Rock Island will use the buses for a two-week period to provide transportation to the John Deere Classic, happening in the Quad Cities this July.

“Rock Island operates service to a major golf tournament, the John Deere Classic . they don’t have adequate transportation,” said William Volk, C-U MTD managing director.

The tournament is part of the PGA Tour and will take place July 9-15. Rock Island will pay $1,000 for each bus, as well as taking care of expenses during that period such as fuel.

Buses are loaned to Rock Island on a yearly basis as part of an intergovernmental agreement between C-U MTD and Rock Island that has been in place for years.

The board also approved the budget and appropriation ordinance for the new fiscal year beginning July 1.

C-U MTD’s contract with the Developmental Services Center in Champaign was also approved. The new contract is consistent with the previous one. The Developmental Services Center seeks to give people with disabilities support in living, working and participating in their communities. They serve between 800 and 1,000 people each year in Champaign and Ford Counties.

The next C-U MTD regular board meeting will be Wednesday July 25 at 3 p.m. in room 202 of the Illinois Terminal, 45 E. University Ave.