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Rockford Mass Transit District To Hold Public Engagement Session for Downtown Expansion Project

Rockford Mass Transit District would like to extend an invitation to all interested parties to attend a public engagement session on its proposed rehabilitation/renovation and expansion project.  Anyone interested in the project should join RMTD on Thursday, June 30, 2022 from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm in the RMTD Board Room at 520 Mulberry Street.  At that time, RMTD officials will be sharing plans for its proposed renovation/expansion project to its existing Maintenance, Operations Administration Building, answering questions about the project and addressing public concerns. This project is funded by a $16 million dollar ReBuild Illinois Grant.  Anyone wishing to attend the information session in need of interpretative services such as sign language or Spanish translation should contact Lisa Brown at 815.961.2226 no later than 48 hours before the Session.  The RMTD Administrative offices and Board Room are wheelchair accessible.

RMTD Makes Changes to the #14 7th Street Route

Effective Monday, March 7, 2022, RMTD will be making changes to the 14, 7th Street Route affecting the 23rd Ave loop. The changes are as follows:

Outbound

From 22nd, Right on 11th Street to Brooke Road and resume regular route

Inbound

From 11th Street, Right on Harrison, Right on 22nd Street, Right on Alton, Stop at Aldi’s at the Aldi’s drive for passenger boarding and alighting, Right on 20th Street, Left on 23rd Avenue, Right on 11th Street, Left on 22nd Avenue to resume regular route.

A map and time schedule are listed below.

City of Rockford and RMTD Announce Free Rides for Veterans and Students

The City of Rockford and the Rockford Mass Transit District announced on Monday, December 20, 2021 that starting January 3, 2022, veterans and students K-12 will be able to ride on the RMTD Fixed Route System for free.

Students in grades K-12 need only to show their school ID cards to the drivers as they board the buses.  If they attend a school that does not issue an ID card and are in grades K-12, they can purchase an RMTD Student Free Ride ID card for $2.00 at either of our Transfer Center locations and show this to the driver as they board.  They must present proof of Identity and proof of enrollment in a K-12 program to get and RMTD photo ID

Our veterans will also need to obtain a Free Ride Veterans ID to identify them as a veteran.  Once they have that ID card, they also need only show this to the operator to get a free ride. To obtain an RMTD ID card veterans can go to either RMTD transfer center and present proof of identity and proof or military service. Due to a generous donation from the community member at large, the cost of the $5.00 ID fee has been paid for the first 50 veterans who come to get an ID card.

RMTD Announces Increase in Service Hours

The Rockford Mass Transit will be adding an hour of service to its core routes starting Monday, November 29, 2021. Service in core routes will start at 4:15 am.

RMTD will also be extending service 1 hour later on all 6 of its night routes also starting on Monday, November 29, 2021. Click below for all the information on this service expansion.

General Notifications

06/16/2022

Rockford Mass Transit District To Hold Public Engagement Session for Downtown Expansion Project

Rockford Mass Transit District would like to extend an invitation to all interested parties to attend a public engagement session on its proposed rehabilitation/renovation and expansion project. Anyone interested in the project should join RMTD on Thursday, June 30, 2022 from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm in the RMTD Board Room at 520 Mulberry Street. At that time, RMTD officials will be sharing plans for its proposed renovation/expansion project to its existing Maintenance, Operations Administration Building, answering questions about the project and addressing public concerns. This project is funded by a $16 million dollar ReBuild Illinois Grant. Anyone wishing to attend the information session in need of interpretative services such as sign language or Spanish translation should contact Lisa Brown at 815.961.2226 no later than 48 hours before the Session. The RMTD Administrative offices and Board Room are wheelchair accessible.

06/13/2022

ROCKFORD, Ill. – The Community Action Agency of Boone and Winnebago Counties is providing a list of cooling sites throughout the Winnebago and Boone County area.

Cooling Centers offer air-conditioned relief during periods of extreme heat or when an Excessive Heat Advisory or Warning is issued by the National Weather Service. The RMTD bus routes are noted for the Winnebago County sites.

Winnebago County Sites

The Carpenter’s Place
1149 Railroad Ave. Rockford, IL
Mon-Fri: 8:15 a.m. – 3 p.m.
RMTD Bus Route #14 – 7th Street

Rockford Rescue Mission
715 W. State Rockford, IL
7 days a week: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Or Open 24/7 for persons needing overnight shelter
RMTD Bus Route #1 – W. State Street

City of Rockford Health & Human Services Department
612 N. Church St. Rockford, IL
Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
RMTD Bus Route #4 – N Main

Loves Park City Hall (gymnasium)
100 Heart Blvd. Loves Park, IL
Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
RMTD Bus Route - #22 N. 2nd Street

Boone County Sites

Belvidere Public Safety Building
615 N. Main St. Belvidere, IL
7 days a week: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Area State Authorized Sites

Belvidere Oasis/Illinois Tollway
East of Belvidere Toll Plaza on I90
7 days a week: 24 hours

03/22/2022

Are you new to riding the bus? Check out the RMTD videos on YouTube. These videos will walk you thru everything you need to know about riding the RMTD buses. Click on the YouTube icon on the top of our Home page. If you have more questions, please feel free to give us a call at 815.961.9000. Thanks for riding.

FYI, the Federal Government has extended the Federal Mask mandate until April 18, 2022. We've come so far, please help us go the distance, be safe and wear those masks on buses and in our transit centers just a little longer. Thank you for your help.

12/20/2021

Effective January 3, 2021, RMTD and the City of Rockford will be offering free rides for Students in grades K-12 and for Veterans on all RMTD fixed routes. Students need to present a school issued ID or an RMTD ID card. Veterans need to present an RMTD ID card. Please click below for this exciting new program.

11/29/2021

RMTD is adding an hour of service to its day routes starting at 4:15 am on Monday, November 29, 2021. The District is also extending its night service with a final dispatch at 11:15 and a late night shuttle at 12:15 on the same date. Click below for more information.

Traffic Alerts

#31/41 Auburn/Rockton

The Rockford Mass Transit District is please to announce that starting Sunday, June 26, 2022, it will add a stop at the Walmart on Central and Riverside on the #41 Sunday Auburn and Rockton route and also at night on the #31 Auburn and Rockton route. The bus will pick up passengers at :40 after each hour on both the Sunday and Night route. The stop at Walmart will be immediately before the stop at North Towne Mall.

06/21/2022
#11 East State

Due to the high volume of traffic and pedestrians anticipated at the Rockford City Market, our routes will detour as follows every Friday from 5/20/22 through 9/09/22 2pm until 9pm.

Outbound, East State & 7th Street Routes: Chestnut/Walnut to L-3rd, R-East State & Resume Rt.

Rural St- Chestnut/Walnut/Longwood & Resume Rt.

Kishwaukee St, Chestnut/Walnut to R-Kishwaukee & Resume Rt

Inbound, From East State
R-3rd, L-Jefferson, L-Winnebago, to DTTC

05/20/2022
#20 Alpine Crosstown Express - Inbound

Please be advised that effective immediately, the bus stop on Alpine South at Siena Senior Center has moved one block further South on Alpine.

04/19/2022
#14 7th Street

Effective Monday, March 7, 2022 there will be changes to the 7th Street route. RMTD will no longer do the 23rd Ave loop on the outbound portion of the route. RMTD will also be stopping by the Aldi's on Alton and 20th on the inbound. Click below for specific times and route directions.

03/01/2022
All Routes

RMTD is adding an hour of service to its day routes starting at 4:15 am on Monday, November 29, 2021. The District is also extending its night service with a final dispatch at 11:15 and a late night shuttle at 12:15 on the same date. Click below for more information.

11/04/2021

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