RMTD Offering Informational Sessions on New Routes

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ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The Rockford Mass Transit District will be holding a series of informational sessions on its new route structure and route revisions during the week of November 18, 2013. The informational sessions will be held at the following times and locations:

Monday, November 18, 2013 @ 10:00 a.m. at the RMTD East Side Transfer Center
725 Lyford Road
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 2:00 p.m. at the Rockford Public Library Montague Branch
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 6:30 p.m. at the Rockford Public Library Main Branch.

The purpose of these sessions is to introduce two new routes, the #18 Bell School Route and the #19 CherryVale Route. District officials will also address some additional changes that are being made to existing routes. The new changes will go into effect on Sunday, December 8, 2013 and the new routes will be introduced Monday, December 9, 2013.

The #18 Bell School route is a new route that will run hourly, Monday thru Saturday from the RMTD East Side facility on Lyford Road, North to the Swedish American Cancer. The route will traverse a section of town that has not previously had service and will make stops at destinations on along the way such as the Women’s Health Center and the businesses and stores on Spring Brook and McFarland Roads.

The #19 CherryVale route is also a new hourly route that will service that portion of Cherry Valley currently provided by the #11 East State Street route. The service will leave the RMTD Lyford Road Transfer Center and stop at the Walmart on East State, proceeding from Walmart directly to the Mall and Magic Waters. The Mall and Magic Waters will no longer be on the #11 East State route. A zone fare of $.25 will be charged each passenger whenever and wherever they board this route.

Additional significant changes include service to the Featherstone VA Clinic Monday thru Friday on the #16 and #17 City Loop routes, access to PA Peterson and the Rockford School of

Medicine on the #13 Rural route and additional service to the Walmart on Riverside and Central via the #3 Huffman and the #6 Kilburn both.

“RMTD staff has spent the last year closely reviewing the needs of our community and the needs of our passengers trying to reconfigure our route system within the constraints of our operating budget,” states RMTD Marketing Specialist Lisa Brown. “We truly believe we have enhanced our system to the fullest using every dollar available to us.”

Anyone who has an interest in RMTD’s new routes is encouraged to come to any or all of the information sessions being offered. If anyone should require a sign language interpreter or a Spanish language interpreter, please contact the RMTD Marketing Department at 815.961.2226. Requests for interpreters need to be made up to 48 working hours prior to the sessions.

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