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Thursday, December 21, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information, contact:

SJ Morrison
Madison County Transit
(618) 874-7433

MCT TO MAKE SPAN AND FREQUENCY CHANGES TO ROUTES

Service Change Takes Effect January 7, 2018

GRANITE CITY, ILL., DECEMBER 18, 2017. . . As part of its regular service change on January 7, 2018, Madison County Transit (MCT) will adjust the frequency and span of several Madison County bus routes. A recent system-wide ridership analysis revealed lower demand on certain early morning (before 7 am) and late night (after 10 pm) fringe trips. Additionally, a trip level review found that ridership on both the #2 Granite City Shuttle and the #9 Washington Shuttle is higher mid-day than in the early morning and afternoon “drive times.” As a result, staff recommended that low performing trips be eliminated and that the frequency on the #2 and the #9 be reduced to 60 minutes in the mornings and evenings, but maintain 30-minute service from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm when ridership is higher. Public meetings were held and the MCT Board of Trustees approved the recommendation to eliminate several trips at their September 2017 meeting. Changes include both weekday and Saturday trips and service in the northbound (NB), southbound (SB) and westbound (WB) directions:
Also, effective at the January 7, 2018 service change, the #1X Riverbend Express arrival times at the Eastgate Park & Ride lot and the River’s Edge Park & Ride lot will be adjusted by three minutes to eliminate buses dwelling at River’s Edge in the afternoon.

“It’s our responsibility to provide service that is commensurate with the needs of our passengers,” said MCT Managing Director Jerry Kane. “Where demand has increased in recent years, MCT has made every effort to improve service, and when demand decreases on specific trips it’s important that we respond accordingly.”

For more information or specific schedule details on these and other MCT routes, new timetables are posted online at www.mct.org and will be available at MCT Stations, on MCT buses and at locations throughout Madison County. For details about MCT services, call (618) 797-INFO (4636), visit www.mct.org, or e-mail info@mct.org.

Madison County Transit (MCT) provides multi-modal transportation services for Madison County, Illinois. MCT operates a fixed-route bus service connecting to MetroLink, express weekday commuter service directly to and from downtown St. Louis, and seasonal express service to the Muny. For elderly and disabled residents who are unable to use the fixed-route buses, MCT provides complementary door to door service. MCT is also responsible for the construction and maintenance of more than 130 miles of bikeways that comprise the MCT Trails system, as well as overseeing RideFinders, the St. Louis region’s FREE carpooling and vanpooling program.