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Saluki Express

SERVICE ALERT- Please be advised that RMTD will cease operations as the Saluki Express provider on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2024. At that time, a different entity, Jackson County Mass Transit District will be operating fixed route service for the Saluki Express. This will include paratransit and night safety/microtransit service. RMTD will still be offering fixed route services within Williamson County and round-trip connections into Carbondale.


Wondering where the bus is located? Good news! Download the Rides MTD app that you can install on your Android or Apple smart devices for real-time tracking at your convenience! Our app will allow you to view our fixed route service in Carbondale and manage notification alerts as the buses near your designated stop.

Just visit your Google Play Store on Android or your Apple Store on Apple devices to download the free app. You can also visit to track the routes on your web browser.

All SIUC students can follow the link below to download your QR pass code.  Not an SIU student?  Not a problem! You can ride our public transit routes as well!

In addition to ADA accessible Saluki Express fixed routes, Rides Mass Transit District also provides accessible complementary paratransit transportation for Southern Illinois University.

User Route Reference Guide

A – Airport
BE- Break Route East
BW- Break Route West
C- Crosstown
CW- Crosstown Weekend
GL- Grand Loop
M- Mall
S- South
SE- Summer East
SW- Summer West

Regular semester route paratransit service availability

Monday–Friday: 6:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday: 10:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday: 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Break Route paratransit service availability

Monday-Friday: 10:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 12:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Summer East/West paratransit availability (7 days/week)

7 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Night Safety/MicroTransit Semester Hours

Monday-Thursday:  7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Friday: 7 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Saturday: 7 p.m. – 2 a.m.

You can request a ride by downloading the Rides MTD app and searching for OnDemand services in the Carbondale-Marion area. You can also request a ride by calling 618-715-0770. All services and vehicles are ADA accessible and open to all riders.

RMTD partners with Google Transit to offer easy access to fixed route information in Carbondale

HARRISBURG- Rides Mass Transit District has announced its partnership with Google Transit to help passengers easily plan their trips inside Carbondale. Fixed route schedule information within the Carbondale urbanized area is now available for users by searching for travel options in Google Transit with the Google Maps platform.

RMTD’s Saluki Express service in Carbondale offers a variety of options to help people travel throughout the community while also servicing stops near and along the SIU-Carbondale campus. The service can also help passengers connect with other RMTD routes that allow for access into Williamson County and other points within the RMTD service area.

“This partnership can help facilitate the search for transit options when traveling in Carbondale using our fixed route service,” said RMTD CEO Adam Lach. “Google Transit is a great resource many people are familiar with and will allow the general public to quickly access the information on the platform.”

Saluki Express service is accessible to all general public members and offers inexpensive fare pricing options. RMTD is also partnering with Token Transit for contactless fare payments along the Saluki Express fixed route system. SIU-C students can access Saluki Express routes along with all other RMTD existing routes by using their Dawg Tag.

RMTD is the largest rural public transit district in Illinois. For more information, visit or contact 844-220-1243.