Highland News Leader

Fixed-route bus service to begin in Highland

Starting on Monday, Madison County Transit (MCT) will begin a new fixed-route bus service in Highland and add hourly weekday service between Highland, Troy and Glen Carbon.

“When we began planning for our 2015 service changes, improved access to employment was identified as a top priority,” said MCT Managing Director Jerry Kane. “When talking to passengers it was clear that there’s a growing demand for service in the evenings and on the weekends.”

What was the No. 14 Highland EZ Ride will transfer from a demand-service to a fixed-route shuttle. The new No. 14 Highland Shuttle will run all day — from 6:44 a.m. to 6:11 p.m. on weekdays. Stops will include Walmart, Faith Countryside Nursing Home, Highland Elementary, Highland Middle School, Highland High School, SuperValu, the Square, multiple apartment complexes, Walgreens, St. Joseph’s Hospital, the Korte Recreation Center and the Highland Community Pool.

The former No. 13 Troy-Glen Carbon route will also become the No. 13 Highland-Glen Carbon. The route has been extended to the Highland Walmart via U.S. Highway 40 to Illinois Route 143. The bus will run from 7:07 a.m. to 7:09 p.m. on weekdays. The Highland and St. Jacob park-and-rides will also be stops on this new route.

In addition to the new routes, the No.14 Highland-Edwardsville bus will become the No. 13X Highland-SIUE Express. The bus will continue to operate one morning and one afternoon limited-stop trip from the Highland, St. Jacob and Troy park-and-ride lots to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in the peaks only. The cost of riding of the No. 13X Express to the SIUE Campus will increase to a cash fare of $3.

The No. 14X Highland Express will continue to carry passengers from Highland to St. Louis.

MCT also implemented changes to buses in Alton, Bethalto and Granite City.

Details of all the service changes, including routes and schedules, can be found online at www.mct.org. For details about MCT services call (618) 797-INFO (4636) or email info@mct.org.