The Most Reliable Bus Transportation System

It is no secret that the Illinois campus is beautiful, but it is also enormous. When I was visiting campus on our tour that was given by an enthusiastic I-Star, I was exhausted. We did so much walking and I wondered how the I-Star was able to walk backward and speak to us, too. But my main concern was whether I would be able to get to my classes on time and whether I would be able to travel anywhere without on a car.

Thankfully, I learned about the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District bus system. This bus company not only serves the people of Champaign-Urbana, but it also services the 40,000+ students at Illinois. The best part about all of this was that it was “free” to use for students (free in the sense that all students pay for bus services as part of their student fees each semester)! All you have to do is show your student ID when you get on the bus.

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The extremely reliable bus system is something I truly use every day, and they truly care about the students they serve. They serve students from the early morning all the way until 2:00 a.m. I always feel it is a safe option to use to go back to my place of residence on campus.

Having a reliable bus system is also great because now it is totally unnecessary to have your own car on campus, so you do not have to worry about maintaining it while at school and consistently getting gas for it.

The bus system doesn’t just get you to class and directly to the Main Quad, it can get you to explore downtown Champaign! I have visited the famous Art Theater and Carmike 13 to see some amazing movies, and I was so glad I didn’t have to pay for an Uber or gas to get there.

If you’re worried about getting groceries, please remember you have some amazing dining hall options for your residence halls that will always feed you well. However, if you really want some more food and other items, one of the bus routes takes you right to Wal-Mart and the mall! I use that bus route a lot!

Just know that Illinois surely takes care of every student and all they can possibly need. I am extremely thankful for the reliable and incredible bus system.


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