MCRide Updates

MCRide is a great way to get around McHenry County. Whether you need transportation for work, school, shopping, medical appointments or just to visit a friend, MCRide provides an affordable and flexible way to travel!  As a dial-a-ride program, MCRide service is "on-demand" and vehicles do not travel in a fixed route each day. Riders schedule their trips in advance and the vehicle provides curb-to-curb service from the rider's desired pick-up and drop-off destinations. MCRide is a shared-ride service, so vehicles may make stops for other passengers.

When MCRide began, multiple local dial-a-ride services were combined to form one coordinated program. This has made it easier and more efficient for suburban commuters, seniors and persons with disabilities to schedule and use dial-a-ride services in McHenry County. MCRide has improved access to jobs and schools and has provided greater mobility to all individuals. This program receives a portion of its funding from the Federal Transit Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation through grants administered by the Regional Transportation Authority (Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities).

Effective January 1, 2019, MCRide operates according to the following schedule:

  • Monday - Friday: 6 am - 7 pm 
  • Saturday - Sunday: 9 am - 5 pm

On the following holidays, no MCRide service with be available: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

Call 1-800-451-4599 (or use 711 for the Illinois Relay Service) to schedule a ride. Select "McHenry County" from the automated prompt and a live person will help you to schedule a ride. Spanish speaking call takers are available.

If you are using MCRide for both legs of a trip (going and coming), remember to make both trip reservations at the same time! Seniors and individuals with a disability can reserve trips up to seven days in advance. The general public (all riders) can reserve their trips 24 hours in advance.

MCRide has a distance based fare structure, which means you pay a base fare for the first five miles of travel plus $0.25 for each additional mile. When you call to make a trip reservation, the Call Center will tell you how much your fare will be. MCRide currently only accepts cash fares. Please have exact change, the drivers do not carry change.

Fares Effective January 1, 2019

  • General Public: Base Fare $3.00 / Each Additional Mile $0.25 
  • Senior (60+): Base Fare $1.50 / Each Additional Mile $0.25 
  • Individual with a Disability: Base Fare $1.50 / Each Additional Mile $0.25

To learn more, please visit the MCRide Website or call 1-800-451-4599