MTD Reroutes for MCORE Project
By Jan Kijowski on 3/3/2017 12:00:00 AM

Construction for the transformative $44 Million Multimodal Corridor Enhancement (MCORE) Project will begin March 6, 2017. The work will require the reroute of MTD’s 5/50 Green and 5 Green Express Routes beginning on Monday, March 6, 2017. Reroute details follow:

5/50 East Green and GREENhopper – Neil to Springfield to Fourth to Green to regular route.

50 East Green Late Night - Green to Neil to Springfield to Fourth to Green to regular route.
5/50 West Green and GREENhopper – Green to Fourth to Springfield to Neil to regular route.

50 West Green Late Night - Fourth to Springfield to Neil to Green to Randolph to regular route.
5 East Green Express – Springfield to Fourth to Green to regular route.
5 West Green Express – Green to Fourth to Springfield to regular route.

Designated stops for these routes are as follows:

Neil & Springfield (SE Far Side)
Springfield & First (SW Corner)
Springfield & Third (SW Corner)
Springfield & Fourth (SW Corner)
Fourth & Healey (NW Corner)
Green & Fourth (NW Corner)

Green & Fourth (NE Corner)
Fourth & Healey (SE Corner)
Springfield & Third (NE Corner)
Springfield & First (NE Corner)
Neil & Springfield (NE Corner)

MTD customers are encouraged to visit the MTD website at and subscribe to MyRIDE for custom alerts about reroutes for their favorite routes. Alerts are sent to an email and/or text address whenever reroutes are required.

The scale of this infrastructure improvement project will have significant vehicular and pedestrian traffic impacts including detours and street and sidewalk closures during construction. Message boards will be placed in highly visible locations to help alert and notify the public. As MCORE work continues, motorists and bicyclists are encouraged to slow down, exercise caution, and obey all traffic control signs and devices when traveling through the general construction area. MTD bus routes will be rerouted when necessary and bus stops may be temporarily relocated. As work is scheduled, up-to-date information about MTD service will be available on the website at

The MCORE Project will improve access for all modes of transportation in critical campus and neighboring areas including Green Street, Armory Avenue, White Street, and Wright Street. The $44 Million MCORE Project is funded in part by a $15.7 Million Federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

New streetscape improvements, a transit boarding island on Green Street, reconfigured Illini Union vehicle entrance and parking, all-way pedestrian crossings, and protected bicycle lanes are several features that will enhance critical linkages from both downtowns to Campustown in the core of our community. Project partners include the City of Champaign, City of Urbana, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who are working in coordination with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).

All Campustown businesses will continue to be open and reachable throughout the entire project. Stay informed on Facebook (@MCORECU), Twitter (@mcoreproject), and email subscription (

MCORE partners would like to thank you for your cooperation and patience as this important project gets underway.