This summer, MTD will be progressively rolling ahead toward normal operations. Beginning July 1, MTD resumed previously suspended services at the Illinois Terminal Customer Service Desk, including issuing DASH Cards.
Starting July 15 passengers have the option to board the front door of the bus. And finally, on Sunday, Aug. 15, MTD will resume fare enforcement. Fare collection was suspended in March of 2020, and MTD has operated for the last 18 months without charging passengers a fare.
MTD’s DASH Card program allows passengers with disabilities and seniors age 65 and up to ride the bus without paying a fare for the full three-year term of the card. Any senior interested in a DASH Card just needs to go to Illinois Terminal, show a Medicare card or photo ID with proof of age, and leave with their DASH Card. MTD encourages all passengers to take advantage of the early DASH Card registration, beat the rush, and be ready to take transit in the new service year before fare collection resumes in August.
The issuing of DASH Cards is just one of many Illinois Terminal services coming back this summer. Additional services being reinstated include issuing Veteran Passes (began July 1), and the sale of newly discounted Annual Passes, which provide unlimited trips for one year for only $60 (begins July 27).
MTD’s updated schedule:
July 1 — DASH Card and Veteran Pass creation resumed.
July 15 — Front-door boarding availability resumed on MTD buses.
July 27 — Annual passes become available ($60).
Aug. 15 — MTD’s new service year begins, as well as normal fare collection practices.
For any questions, contact MTD at (217) 384-8188, mtd.org, or in-person at the Illinois Terminal Customer Service Desk.