Rockford Mass Transit District wants public feedback on bus service

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The Rockford Mass Transit District is soliciting opinions from the public to find better ways to serve their passengers.

“We are encouraging current transit riders to attend at least one of these sessions, to come and tell us a little bit about what their needs are for transportation in Rockford, now and in the future,” said Lisa Brown, Marketing and Public Relations Specialist for RMTD.

RMTD will be holding two public sessions, Wednesday from 1-3 p.m. at both North Suburban Library in Loves Park, at 6340 N 2nd Street, or the Rockford Public Library’s Nordloff Center at 118 N Main Street, and then again on Friday at the Nordloff Center, to get public opinion of the bus service.

“Basically, we just want to know what their needs are and where they see the growth and needs for transportation,” Brown said.

Riders will be asked questions like: What keeps you from using RMTD more often? What should the top three priorities be for public transportation?

Two riders who were interviewed for this story voiced their opinion:

“It would be a great idea for the Rockford Transit to run all night, every day, just like the city of Chicago,” rider James Brown said.

Justin Westhoff said, “Run night routes, as late as possible. Because, I know there are certain situations that arise for many people and they simply don’t have transportation.”

Riders will also be asked what they think RMTD is doing well.

Passenger Sandy Triblett said, “They got security out here, which is a good thing, too, because I know, back in the summertime, there was a lot of people just up and down here, trying to sell everything they could sell. But I am glad there is security now, and that security is here every day, all day.”

RMTD is also asking the public to fill out a quick online survey, which can be found here.

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