Single-day ridership for MTD at all-time high

According to a press release by the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD), they carried more riders on Jan. 28 than in any single day in its history when riders boarded more than 59,000 times.

The previous single-day high was in 2004.

MTD has experienced an increase in ridership since changes made as part of its “Extreme Makeover” were introduced in August. Economic conditions across the country are causing declines in the ridership of most transit providers.

Sales of MTD’s Annual Pass have been strong since the price was lowered to $60 in July. Almost 2,500 passes have been sold since July 1, an increase of more than 2,000 over previous-year sales. The pass allows unlimited rides on any MTD bus at any time.

The MTD provides public transportation services to the communities of Champaign, Savoy, Urbana and the University.