Madison County Transit Marketing Manager Amanda Viliocco-Smith (right) speaks at Main Street Community Center in Edwardsville July 6 as part of the center’s Lunch & Learn educational series.
EDWARDSVILLE — A Madison County Transit representative presented information about the agency’s services to residents July 6 as part of the Lunch & Learn educational series at the Main Street Community Center.
MCT Marketing Manager Amanda Viliocco-Smith provided an overview that included the following information:
MCT Fixed Route System: The agency operates 24 fixed-routes that pick up and drop off at nearly 1,400 bus stops throughout Madison County. All of the vehicles are ADA-accessible and equipped with bicycle racks. The system carries approximately 2.6 million passengers annually to employment, classes, shopping and other services.
ACT Runabout Paratransit: The agency provides door-to-door service for registered senior citizen and disabled passengers in Madison County. It carries approximately 80,000 passengers annually.
RideFinders: The agency promotes and registers carpools and vanpools in the nine-county St. Louis region though its free ride-matching service. Nearly 12,000 commuters are in the database, representing more than 6,000 ridesharing commuters who eliminate more than 1.45 million pounds of vehicle emissions each year.
MCT Trails: The agency develops and maintains 130 miles of scenic bikeways in Madison County. The nine trails form seven interconnected loops and represent 1,500 acres of greenways.
Viliocco-Smith also updated the group on MCT’s Free Ride and Half Fare ID program. MCT issues photo IDs for individuals who qualify for a free or half-fare ride based on age, income level or disability. ID distribution sessions are 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the MCT Edwardsville Station and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. the third Thursday of each month. The ID categories include:
Senior Select Free Ride ID: Madison County seniors age 75 and older
Benefits Access Free Ride ID: Illinois residents enrolled in the state of Illinois’ Benefits Access program.
Senior Free Ride ID: Madison County seniors age 65-74 enrolled in Benefits Access.
Half Fare ID: Seniors age 65 to 74 and individuals with disabilities.
ADA Free Ride ID: Madison County residents registered with the ACT Runabout program.
MCT staff also provided information about the MCT Muny Express, which operates round-trip service to every Friday evening performance at the Muny in Forest Park. Several individuals present had taken the Muny Express to shows recently and complimented MCT for the convenience and reliability. The Muny Express serves 10 locations in Madison County and drops off and picks up in front of the Muny, eliminating the hassle of driving, finding a parking spot and walking to and from the event. A round-trip ticket for adults on the MCT Muny Express is $5. Seniors (65 and older), individuals with disabilities and children (5-12) can ride for $1.75 each way.