MetroLINK

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The Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District (MetroLINK) provides transit service to Rock Island, Moline, East Moline, Milan, Silvis, Carbon Cliff, Hampton and Colona in Illinois.

History

  • Founded in November 1970.
  • In 1983, the Quad City Transit Facility, located at 2929 5th Ave. in Rock Island, was completed to store RICMMTD's and Davenport CitiBus' fleets.
  • In 1988, "MetroLINK" was the chosen name in a public contest and has been applied on transit buses to attract new customers.
  • In May 1998, Centre Station was opened as a transportation hub to connect several bus routes.
  • In April 2014, the Operations & Maintenance Center was completed as the new facility to store and maintain MetroLINK's bus fleet.

Routes

Maps & schedules

Monday-Saturday Service

  • 10 (Mon-Sat) - District Station to N. 20th St. & 2nd Ave. Hampton IL
  • 20 (Mon-Sat) - Centre Station to Quad City International Airport (and Wal-Mart)
  • 30 (Mon-Sat) - District Station to Colona IL via 18th Ave./19th Ave./Ave. of the Cities
  • 40 (Mon-Sat) - District Station to TPC Cash & Carry and Jumper's Casino
  • 50 (Mon-Sat) - East Pointe to Illini Tower/Silvis Hy-Vee
  • 53 (Mon-Sat) - District Station to Kohl's/Target/Hy-Vee Moline
  • 53 - Late Night (Thu-Sat, 10:27 PM- 3:20 AM) - District Station to Augustana College
  • 55 (Mon-Sat) - East Pointe to Silvis Wal-Mart
  • 57 (Mon-Sat) - Centre Station to Rock Valley Plaza
  • 59 (Mon-Sat) - Centre Station to Black Hawk College and Kennedy Square
  • 60 (Mon-Sat) - District Station to Black Hawk College via 5th St./Blackhawk Rd./38th Ave.
  • 70 (Mon-Sat) - Centre Station to TPC Cash & Carry
  • 80 (Mon-Fri, 5:45 AM-8:00 AM, 2:45 PM-4:30 PM) - Centre Station to Arsenal Clock Tower
  • 90 DISCONTINUED 2017
  • Tyson Express District Station to Tyson Processing Plant in Joslin IL Via Interstate 88
  • the CONNECT (Mon-Fri) - Centre Station to Western Illinois University

Sunday Service

  • 10 - District Station to East Pointe via Centre Station
  • 20 - Centre Station to Quad City International Airport or Wal-Mart
  • 30 - District Station to Hy-Vee, Silvis
  • 53 - District Station to Augustana College Rock Island
  • 40 - District Station to W. 20th Ave., Milan
  • 60 - Sunset Heights to Kennedy Square

Fares

Current

Facilities

Administrative Offices

  • Address: 1515 River Dr., Moline, IL 61265
  • Email: metrolink@qcmetrolink.com
  • Phone: (309) 788-3360

Operations & Maintenance Center

  • Address: 4501 4th Ave., Rock Island, IL 61201

Transit Fleet

Current Roster

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
9601-9608 MetroLINK 9601-a.jpg 1996 NFI D40LF Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison B400R Some units retired.
9701-9704 MetroLINK 9702-a.jpg 1997 NFI D40LF Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison B400R Some units retired.
0201-0221 MetroLINK 0219-a.jpg 2002 ElDorado National EZ Rider II CNG John Deere 6018H Allison B300R Some units retired.
0301-0308 MetroLINK 0308-a.jpg 2003 NFI D40LF Cummins ISL Allison B400R
0522-0523 MetroLINK 0523-a.jpg 2005 ElDorado National EZ Rider II CNG John Deere 6018H Allison B300R
0524-0525 2005 ElDorado National EZ Rider II Ex-Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District 0556-0557.
0624-0625 MetroLINK 0625-a.jpg 2006 ElDorado National EZ Rider II CNG John Deere 6018H Allison B300R
0801 Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District 0801.jpg 2008 ElDorado National Axess Cummins ISL Allison B400R
1081-1088 MetroLINK 1088-a.jpg 2010 NFI C40LFR Cummins Westport ISL G
1201-1207 MetroLINK 1207-a.jpg 2012 NFI XN40 Cummins Westport ISL G 1207 retired on June 8, 2015 due to extensive fire damage.
1401-1405 2014 NFI XN40 Cummins Westport ISL G
1601-1612 2016 NFI XN40 Cummins Westport ISL G [1]
1801-1803 2018 Proterra Catalyst BE40 UQM HD220
electric motor
Eaton EEV-7202 Powered by the XR (eXtended Range) Battery Series.
1804-1810 2018 NFI XN35 Cummins Westport L9N

On Order

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
1901-1905 2019 Proterra Catalyst BE35 UQM HD220
electric motor
Eaton EEV-7202

Retired Roster

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
4526, 4534-4535,
4541-4542,
4551-4555
1960-1961 GMC TDH-4517 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH Ex-CUMTD same #s; leased 1983 & bought 1986.
7401-7418 MetroLINK 7403-a.jpg 1974 Highway Products TC-31B
7601-7605 MetroLINK 7602-a.jpg 1976 GMC T6H-4523A Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
7801-7807 MetroLINK 7807-a.jpg 1978 GMC RTS-03
(TW-7603)
Detroit Diesel 6V71T Allison V730
8101-8120 MetroLINK 8120-a.jpg 1981 GMC RTS-04
(T8J-604)
Detroit Diesel 6V92T Allison V730
8401-8413 MetroLINK 8408-a.jpg 1984 National Escort II E-350 Unknown bus body.
8701-8703 1986-1987 Blue Bird City Bird 31' Detroit Diesel 6V71TA Allison MT-647
8801-8808 MetroLINK 8805-a.jpg 1988 National Coach Co. Transmark RE
(T-28)
8809-8810 1988 Chance AH-24 Trolley replica
9001-9012 MetroLINK 9007-a.jpg National Coach Co. Transmark RE
(T-28)
9013 MetroLINK 9013-a.jpg 1990 Flxible Metro "B"
(40102-6T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Ex-Bi-State Development Agency 9004.
9101-9112 MetroLINK 9103-a.jpg 1991 OBI Orion I
(01.508)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HTB-748
9202-9203 MetroLINK 9202-a.jpg 1992 TMC RTS-06
(T70-606)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V731 Ex-Loves Park Transit District 87-88; bought in 2000.
9615-9617 1996 TMC RTS-06
(T80-206)
Detroit Diesel CNG Ex-Kenosha Transit 2315-2317; bought in 2004.
9908, 9912 MetroLINK 9912-a.jpg 1999 Gillig Phantom 30'
(C18A102N4)
Cummins ISC Ex-Rockford Mass Transit District 9908, 9912.

Paratransit

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
1018-1020, 1022 2008 Ford/ElDorado National E450/Aerotech Ford Triton V10 6.8L gasoline Unknown number of units.

References

  1. Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District Awards New Flyer a Contract for Twelve 40-Foot Xcelsior CNG Buses, New Flyer Industries. Dated July 6, 2016, retrieved on July 20, 2016.

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