Riders are trying out new services now being offered through the Sangamon Mass Transit District. Monday was the first day of new fixed routes that take Springfield buses into communities like Chatham, Riverton, Rochester and Sherman during morning and afternoon rush hours.
SMTD says there were riders on those routes, but could not immediately provide numbers. Monday also marked the start of new door-to-door service by appointment in rural Sangamon County. People have been booking the service, known as SMART, since it was first announced weeks ago.