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Support the CUMTD Bus System (Ongoing)

Project History

  • 4/14/2020

    We currently have 94 hybrids in our fleet of 111 vehicles, which makes us 85% hybrid. However, we have 11 more hybrids being made right now as replacement vehicles that are supposed to start arriving in the next week.

  • 8/21/2019

    Facilities & Services (F&S) updated the Near Far Without a Car flyer (or CarFree Flyer) in August 2019. This flyer lists the alternative modes of transportation available at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District provides public transportation to the cities of Champaign, Urbana, Savoy, and the University of Illinois campus.

 The privately-owned City Lines bus company in Champaign-Urbana operated until the early 1970s. As was common throughout the country at that time, falling ridership’s fares could no longer finance the services and, one after another, private companies went out of business. When nearby community systems failed in the early 1970s, Champaign-Urbana’s local government took over public transportation service. Local taxes and fares had to cover expenses and in 1971 residents passed a referendum approving local tax levies and the formation of the District. The Downstate Public Transit Act passed by the Illinois General Assembly in 1974 assured State funding assistance to transit systems in Illinois outside the city of Chicago who qualify for this funding by collecting local taxes.  The first Board of Trustees of the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District was appointed Tuesday, December 15, 1970.  The Board’s first meeting was held December 18, 1970, and operations began August 2, 1971. The fare was 30¢ and transfers were (and still are) free. The District leased buses and property at 501 N. Fifth Street from City Lines. It was announced May 13, 1971 that a federal grant of $260,608 was approved and a promise of an additional $86,869 for the purchase of fifteen new buses. Ten used buses were purchased from Peoria.

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Project Team

  • Project Leader:

    Morgan Johnston