December 8, 2016
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Green Light: Sustainable Holiday Tips

MTD’s Employee Sustainability Committee aims to encourage all employees to be environmentally responsible both on and off the clock. This year, committee members put their heads together to make a list of favorite sustainable strategies for the holiday season. We gathered up these tips to display for all employees, and thought the you might appreciate the information as well. The more (green) the merrier!

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Take a tip from MTD’s employee sustainability committee!

MTD’s Employee Sustainability Committee wishes you a safe, happy, and sustainable holiday season. Do you have any sustainable holiday tips to add to our list?

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Volunteer Snow Removal Program

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The Champaign-Urbana Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Project is starting a volunteer snow removal program in Urbana!

This is a guest blog post written by Sarah Buchhorn, the Champaign-Urbana Safe Routes to School Project Intern.

This winter, the C-U Safe Routes to School Project is launching a volunteer snow removal program with the support of MTD and the Urbana School District. When snow remains on sidewalks and builds up to block sidewalks, ramps, and intersections, the daily journeys of students and other community members become more dangerous as they must move into the street to find a clear path. This includes our riders.

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The accumulation of snow at Race & Green in Urbana inhibits individuals travelling by foot, bike, or bus to access shopping, the Urbana Free Library, and so on.

Whether walking or using a wheelchair to their final destination or a bus stop, residents of Urbana need access to safe routes, and we are calling on community members to help each other out! A map of priority sidewalks for snow removal was created using Safe Routes to School routes, high ridership bus routes/bus stops, and data collected during a recent sidewalk survey and plan done by the Regional Planning Commission. Volunteers can choose a block or more of these priority sidewalks online, and commit to clearing the section within 48 hours after a snowfall greater than 2”. Volunteers can sign up as individuals or sign up with a group, and each month a volunteer will be recognized as the “Snow Angel of the Month.”

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This is the sidewalk students going to Urbana Middle School used one winter’s day along Vine Street.

Imagine how students and other community members will feel when they find their normally blocked route cleared just for them. We hope you will take a look at the map and see if there is a section you can help with.  Just visit cu-srtsproject.com/snow-removal to get started.

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The crosswalk at Florida & James Cherry, across from Thomas Paine Elementary, leads to a virtually nonexistent sidewalk.

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What MTD is Thankful for in 2016

Thanksgiving is this Thursday and MTD is observing our Fall Break Service Reductions. As you gather around a turkey, ham, tofurkey, whatever you and yours prefer, you may be answering the question, “What are you thankful for?”

In my experience, this formal holiday setting prompts many to start with the basics. At MTD, we are first and foremost thankful for our customers. The tens of thousands of people who get on our buses and vans daily, trust us to provide their transportation to work, doctor appointments, and beyond, are why MTD employees do what they do.

We are thankful to the Champaign-Urbana community for letting us serve you since 1971. MTD’s Mission, Vision, and Core Values go beyond traditional boundaries so we may lead the way to greater mobility.

Also in my experience, a general answer is often prodded for greater detail. So here are even more reasons MTD has to be thankful in 2016.

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A local Daisy Troop adopted the bus shelter at Sixth & White.

Adopt a Shelter Program

This year, MTD launched a new program called Adopt a Shelter. This program offers individuals, businesses, organizations, and community groups the opportunity to give back and help MTD keep an eye on our well-used shelters. Since our April launch, five shelters were adopted!

Construction and Infrastructure Projects

Our Maintenance Facility Expansion is entering the final phases. The extra storage is already being filled with buses each night and the upstairs office space is carpeted and furnished. The west side driveway is being poured and the phone system is getting expanded. MTD is thankful for the ability to store all vehicles indoors 24/7/365. This is healthier for our fleet and it is also makes Operator pull out faster. No need to scrape windows or run the buses for extra minutes to restore proper air pressure.

MTD’s CDL Training Center is designed and we are accepting bids. MTD began leasing the land at 1207 East University Avenue in Urbana back in April 2016. Architects and engineers are designing what will, essentially, be a big lot for big vehicles. We’re thankful for the distraction-free space, the opportunity to share it with community partners, and continuing improving our advanced training program. Current plans project construction will begin in the spring of 2017.

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MTD’s spent 49% on goods and services in the C-U MSA. 27% was spent in Illinois. And 24% was spent outside the state.

Economic Impact Analysis

MTD published the results of an independent economic impact analysis conducted by TischlerBise. The analysis studied the Champaign-Urbana Metropolitan Statistical Area and the resulting MTD impact on jobs, goods and services, and our local school districts. MTD is thankful for the opportunity to maximize State and Federal tax dollars for a local benefit.

Environmental Gains

MTD continues to maintain compliance with the ISO 14001 Standard for our Environmental Management System. We continue to review our environmental impact, seek out measures to improve, and track and report that progress to our senior leadership. We are thankful for the ongoing opportunity to reduce our environmental footprint and reduce pollution.

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In rain or shine, come fall or spring, MTD’s fleet will be there to deliver the services you need.

Expanded Fleet

MTD was thankful to receive 12 new buses this summer. Three of the buses retired members of our 40-foot 2003 fleet. The remaining nine buses were used towards fleet expansion. This brought our bus fleet to 111. And these buses even featured parts produced in Champaign County!

We’re also thankful that 18 new 40-foot diesel electric hybrid buses are in production for an estimated delivery of early summer 2017! These new buses will retire 40-foot buses from 2003.

Phone System Upgrade

MTD is going strong with our new phone system called ACD (Automatic Call Distribution). Our employees have adapted, we’re using the new tech tools that came along with it, and we’re looking forward to expanding the hours. The customer benefits include shorter wait times, call data for post-incident investigation, and greater awareness of our customer’s call-in experience. MTD is thankful that the tech glitches are behind us and our phone system has entered the 21st century!

Our Outstanding Employees

Every year, MTD acknowledges a year of labor and the employees who went above and beyond the call of duty. At the 38th Annual Awards Banquet, 22 people were recognized for 20 plus years of service. These 22 employees accumulated 555 years of service to the District.

The outstanding work of our Bus Operators, Illinois Terminal employees, and Maintenance team is work worth complimenting! Between January 1 and October 31, 2016, passengers and community members have submitted 80 formal compliments. Thank you!

In turn, MTD employees give back to our community, again and again, through the United Way’s Champaign County Combined Charities Campaign. The 2016 campaign is wrapping up and so far employees have donated just over $32,000 to local, state, national, and international charities!

We would be so thankful if you joined our team! MTD is accepting applications for Bus Operators and has openings in two other areas. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday and please remember, MTD will not be operating on Thursday, November 24.

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Fall Break Service Reductions 2016

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This art will be posted inside all MTD buses behind the driver’s seat. “There will be no MTD service on Thanksgiving.”

We suggest marking your calendars for three noteworthy November events. The first is the Fall Break Service Reductions. This is the first University of Illinois Break for the 2016-2017 academic year, so this may be new for some readers and riders. The good news is the reductions detailed below will stay the same for the University’s Winter, Spring, and Summer Breaks. These reductions begin at the start of Saturday, November 19 service and lift at the start of Sunday, November 27 service.

Fall Break Service Reductions

2 Red: The Express trips marked with “L” and “U” footnotes will not operate Monday through Friday during Fall Break. These trips will resume operation on Monday, November 28.

12 Teal: Trips marked with the “U” footnote do not operate Monday through Friday. This reduces the Teal’s frequency to every 20 minutes. The routing remains the same.

13 Silver: Trips marked with the “U” footnote do not operate Monday through Friday. This reduces the Silver’s frequency to every 20 minutes. The routing remains the same.

22/220 Illini Limited: This abbreviated route will operate all eight days of the UI Fall Break Reductions. The frequency is every 30 minutes.

50 Green, 100 Yellow, 120 Teal, 130 Silver, and 220 Illini: During the UI Fall and Spring Semesters, these five routes offer late night trips after midnight. These routes will not operate these trips during the Fall Break.

130 Silver Limited: This shortened route will operate evenings and weekends during the Fall Break. The frequency is the same as the regular 130 Silver – every 20 minutes.

335 SafeRides: The after-dark van service continues operation through the Fall Break, but is reduced. SafeRides is available from 5:00 pm until 12:30 am. Designated pick up locations are not served. There is no SafeRides at all on Sunday, November 20.

Sunday Evening & Late Night: Year-round, MTD’s Sunday service groups evening and late night timetables. During UI Breaks, MTD does not operate Sunday evening and late night service scheduled on the 50 Green, 100 Yellow, 120 Teal, 130 Silver, or 22 Illini. For the Fall Break, this affects Sunday, November 20. Sunday daytime service will still operate.

No Service on Thanksgiving Day

The second event of note is the Thanksgiving Holiday. MTD does not operate all day on Thursday, November 24 so that our employees can spend time with their families. Thanks for making adjustments and we’ll see you out there for Black Friday shopping!

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A teaser shot of MTD’s float for the 2016 Parade of Lights!

Parade of Lights

The final event is the Champaign Center Partnership’s Parade of Lights! This annual parade caps off a day of Shop Local events and family-friendly activities. MTD’s float is all about this year’s theme, Fairytales and Holiday Stories, and has a beloved story to bring to life.

The parade walks off at 6:00 pm and will result in reroutes for MTD’s service in downtown Champaign. Subscribe to MyRIDE or watch MTD’s social media for updates. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Green Light: Cleaning Up for a Cause

To fulfil our commitment to the Adopt Urbana Program, MTD conducted our third and final cleanup of 2016 of Main Street between Vine and Glover. You’ve heard about our clean ups before, but this one was extra special.

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15 MTD employees came out to clean up Main Street and raise money for the Champaign County Forest Preserve Friends Foundation!

Donations to Champaign County Forest Preserve Friends Foundation

Each year MTD participates in the Combined Charities Campaign organized by the United Way of Champaign County. In honor of the campaign and to reward participation in the clean up, MTD’s Managing Director Karl Gnadt offered a donation for each employee participating in the November clean up.

Gnadt’s donations for participation were given to the Forest Preserve Friends Foundation of Champaign County. The Forest Preserve Friends Foundation helps protect and improve Champaign County’s natural and historic resources by supporting conservation, education, and outdoor recreation experiences for everyone. Gifts to the Forest Preserve Friends Foundation support historical and environmental education, land acquisition, construction of the Kickapoo Rail Trail, and improvements to the Forest Preserve District’s Botanical Garden, Museum, and Interpretive Center.

The clean up took place on the day after Halloween, so we had a big job ahead of us. Think candy wrappers, plastic bags, and soda cans. We raised $75 and our street is lookin’ good!

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Free Rides on Election Day

Get Out and Vote – On Us!

MTD will provide free rides on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 from 5:30 am until 7:30 pm so that riders can get onboard and vote. Voting is a fundamental right and civic duty. MTD is offering free rides on Election Day so that everyone can have their voices heard. Public transportation is the only transportation for many people including those who choose to ride the bus rather than drive and those who lack personal transportation. They all should have the opportunity to vote.

Riders should be prepared and learn where their polling place is and which route(s) will take them there. Let our easy-to-use Trip Planner be your guide. Registered voters can learn their polling place options on the Champaign County Clerk’s website.

MTD ADA Paratransit customers may also receive free prearranged rides to or from their polling place between the hours of 5:30 am and 7:30 pm. Please let the representative you are scheduling your trip with know that you are travelling to your polling place. We will try to remember to ask as well!

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Get onboard and vote! We’re making it easy with free rides on Tuesday, November 8 from 5:30 am until 7:30 pm!

Get some exercise using the bus while you exercise your right to vote on Tuesday, November 8. From 5:30 am until 7:30 pm all rides are free. Just board and go—no ID, no pass, nor cash is needed!

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C-CARTS Adds Fixed-Route Service

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The Champaign County Area Rural Transit Service (C-CARTS) brings public transportation to our entire county in areas where MTD does not operate.

The Champaign County Area Rural Transit System (C-CARTS) is adding a commuter focused fixed-route to the Village of Rantoul beginning Monday, November 7, 2016. What’s C-CARTS and why is MTD blogging about it? This post from November 2014 will get you up to speed.

Champaign County residents living outside of MTD’s operating boundaries can utilize C-CARTS to make trips within their village or to neighboring areas. Passengers seeking public transport can call 48 hours in advance to make a reservation. The service runs Monday through Friday from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, so all slots are first come, first served. Due to demand and limited resources, passengers are frequently encouraged to schedule their trips even further in advance to secure their desired timing.

Rantoul Industrial Park

The greatest demand C-CARTS sees throughout Champaign County is in Rantoul. In an effort to improve public transit options in this area, C-CARTS and the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission began meeting with the Village of Rantoul earlier this year to assess the needs of residents and employers. The fruit of these efforts is the Eagle Express Route, a local government-subsidized bus service.

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A route map for the Rantoul Eagle Express Fixed-Route starting November 7, 2016.

The route serves several residential areas, downtown Rantoul, and then goes over Interstate 57 to Rantoul’s Industrial Park. Several employers are located there including Vista Outdoor, Jeld-Wen, EPC, Combe Labs, Charles Industries, Conair, Eagle Wings, and Rantoul Foods. The number one reason for travel is transportation to and from work. The Eagle Express will provide consistent and predictable transport without passengers needing to make regular reservations. Just board, pay, and go!

The Eagle Express Route will run Monday through Friday with seven trips in the morning and six trips in the afternoon/evening. There are designated stops all along the route. The main timepoints, west to east, are County Market, Garrard & Sangamon, Walmart, and Turner Drive. When the route travel east to west, the timepoints are County Market, Multicultural Youth Center, Frost & Doolittle, Walmart, and Turner Drive. Please note there are several designated stops in between these timepoints. Designated stops are identified on the route map with a star, and each designated stop will have a bus stop sign.

The Eagle Express Route runs in the morning and then returns for the afternoon/evening.

The Eagle Express Route runs in the morning and then returns for the afternoon/evening.

The Eagle Express is $2 and Operators cannot make change. The fare is reduced to $1 for people 65 years of age or older or individuals with a qualifying disability who have a DASH Card.

The Rantoul Connector is Coming!

In addition to reaching various Rantoul destinations, many trips are requested from Rantoul to and from Champaign and Urbana. So the same group got together to create the Rantoul Connector which will also begin operating November 7, 2016. The route and schedule are in final draft form. C-CARTS Operators will soon have copies available to riders and the information will also be posted online.

The Rantoul Connector will serve several connection points in Champaign and Urbana including Country Fair, Illinois Terminal, Presence and Carle Hospitals, and Lincoln Square. This will give residents an easy way to move around regularly without the hassle of making reservations. This also allows C-CARTS schedulers and dispatchers to focus on other transport needs. That’s what we call a win, win, win.

Questions or comments? Let C-CARTS know! Their phone number is 217.344.4287 and their offices are based out of MTD’s Administration & Operations Facility located at 1101 East University Avenue in Urbana.

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MTD Gaining Ground on Environmental Promise

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The 1600-series buses were lined up for the October 11 event!

Last Tuesday, October 11, MTD hosted an event to celebrate our twelve new 2016 diesel electric hybrid buses. But MTD, you may be asking, since you had hybrid buses since 2009 what’s the big deal about these ones? Great question, dear reader.

Continue Advancements in Hybrid Technology

MTD’s mission is “leading the way to greater mobility” and one of our seven goals is to “deliver high quality traditional and innovative transportation services that are safe, reliable, environmentally responsible, and user friendly.”

Our continual investment in hybrid buses is one way MTD is making good on its promise to become an environmental leader in the community. With the addition of twelve newly acquired 40-foot hybrid buses, MTD’s fleet is now 60% hybrid. The new buses operate with a propulsion system that is fully electric with environmental savings of approximately 15,600 gallons of gas and 325 tons of CO2 annually.

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MTD’s Managing Director Karl Gnadt spoke to a group of local media, elected officials, and MTD Board of Trustee Members.

“We made the commitment to improve our environmental impact and with the addition of these new buses, MTD is now 60% hybrid,” said Karl Gnadt, Managing Director of MTD. “As our ridership continues to be around 13 million, our fuel consumption has decreased and we anticipate that progress of heavy ridership and less fuel to continue well into the future.”

MTD’s event was attended by several outside visitors including representatives from BAE Systems. The new buses have BAE Systems’ HybridDrive® Series, and the new bus additions produce near-zero emissions while also significantly reducing noise pollution.

Local Energy Engineer with SC-B Consulting, Todd Rusk said, “MTD’s Environmental and Sustainable Management System has significantly improved its impact on the community, and these new buses make a giant step toward MTD being a community environmental leader.”

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Representative Carol Ammons speaks with employees from Clifford Jacobs Forging.

Champaign County Proud

Adding to the benefits to the Champaign-Urbana community, Clifford-Jacobs Forging, located in Champaign, was among the supply chain working with BAE to manufacture the buses. This increases both the environmental and economic impact on the community.

Additional amenities on the buses include USB charging ports, a front bike rack, low floor with easy ramp access, and more. “Our vision for the future is to continue to make a positive impact on the Champaign-Urbana community,” says Karl Gnadt, “that includes both environmentally and in the number of riders we serve.”

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Congressman Rodney Davis spoke at the event about the importance of continued infrastructure and transit investment.

To learn more about the buses and the event, read this News Gazette article. And of course, we’d love to hear what you think of buses 1601 through 1613! Let us know in the comments or give us a shout on Facebook and Twitter.

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Voices for Public Transit

We’re dedicating this week’s blog post to the national advocacy campaign, Voices for Public Transit. All text from this post is found on the campaign’s website.

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1.1 millions jobs are created or sustained by robust investment in public transportation.

Public Transportation is essential to the growth of communities nationwide. The American Public Transportation Association is dedicated to supporting a multi-modal lifestyle that allows mobility to all Americans. On publictransportation.org you can find details on leading a car-free lifestyle and facts and figures on how riding transit can save you money. Try their Fuel Savings Calculator and Carbon Savings Calculator to get the wheels turning.

Through Voices for Public Transportation you can become a part of a nationwide movement to expand public transportation by using social media to spread the message and contacting your local elected officials.

Communities Grow with Transit

  • For every dollar communities invest in public transportation, approximately $4 is generated in economic returns.
  • 1.1 million jobs are created or sustained annually.
  • 50,000 jobs result from the productivity gains of $1 billion in federal investment.
  • $66 billion in business sales are generated each year.
  • Every $10 million in capital investment in public transportation yields $30 million in increased business sales.
  • From 2006-2011, residential property values performed 42 percent better on average if they were located near public transportation with high-frequency service.
  • Public transportation is a $57 billion industry that puts people to work – directly employing nearly 400,000 people and creating hundreds of thousands of private-sector jobs.
  • $9.5 billion in local, state, and federal tax revenue are generated each year.
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Robust funding in public transportation leads to $66 billion in business sales per year.

Active Transit

  • The latest census revealed that the population of walkable urban and suburban areas grew much faster than the country’s growth rate over the last ten years– 12.1% versus 9.7%.
  • To get around, Millennials are increasingly becoming multi-modal and moving to communities that provide robust public transportation options.
  • From 2001 to 2009, the number of passenger-miles traveled per capita by 16 to 34 year-olds on public transit increased by 40%.
  • 62% of people ages 18-29 said they would prefer to live in an area described as having a mix of single family houses, apartments and condominiums, with stores, restaurants, libraries, schools and access to public transportation nearby, than in a sprawl-style neighborhood.
  • In 2013, Americans took 10.7 billion trips on public transportation, the highest annual ridership number in 57 years.
  • From 1995 through 2013, public transportation ridership increased by 37.2%—a growth rate higher than the 22.7% increase in U.S. population and higher than the 20.3% growth in the use of the nation’s highways over the same period.
  • Across the country, public support for public transportation investment and expansion is strong. Over the last five years, voters have approved over 77 percent of ballot initiatives that included funding for public transportation.
  • Americans living in areas served by public transportation save 865 million hours in travel time and 450 million gallons of fuel annually, according to the most recent Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) report.
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For every $1 communities invest in public transportation, approximately $4 is generated in economic returns.

Why Should We Care?

There is a dire need for consistent investment in American infrastructure. Public transportation systems nationwide are in dire need of investment to support increased ridership.

A study by the Economic Development Research Corporation projects that 480,000 new jobs representing $32 billion per year in income will be at risk due to congestion by 2040.

After years of neglect, the infrastructure that American communities and businesses rely on to grow and prosper is crumbling. In giving America’s infrastructure a grade of D+, the American Society of Civil Engineers found that deteriorating public transportation infrastructure cost the U.S. economy $90 billion in 2010.

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APTA’s plan for investment in public transportation contributes an additional $81 billion in GDP every year. That ranks higher than the GDP of over countries.

Ready to Help?

Visit Voices for Public Transit’s Action Center. Join the movement, sign a petition, and learn about ways you can advocate for accessible transit with options for all.

You can read stories from other transit advocates and share your story about how public transit impacts the lives of you and those you care about.

And of course, what advocacy campaign would be complete without a social media presence? Link up with Voices for Transit on Facebook and Twitter, too!

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Green Light: Progress on MCORE Project

It’s been two years since the Champaign-Urbana community was awarded $15.7 million from the Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) to redesign and rebuild segments of Green Street, Wright Street, Armory Avenue, and White Street. Great progress on the multimodal project has been made, but not without collaboration, cooperation, and commitment. The Multimodal Corridor Enhancement (MCORE) Project partners have hosted public input meetings, worked together to make big decisions, and overcome a few obstacles.

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This map displays all five project zones of the MCORE Project.

Strong Partnership

In the time since the September 2014 announcement of Federal TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) funding, staff at the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, City of Champaign, City of Urbana, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been running full speed ahead. The partner agencies hired a well-rounded design team led by Clark Dietz and Hanson Professional Services in association with TYLin International, Millennia Professional Services, Site Design Group, Third Coast Design Studio, and Engineering & Research International.

With guidance from the design team, the partner agencies have completed plans for Project 1 (Green St. in Urbana), Project 2 (Green St. in Champaign), and Project 3 (White Street) which will safely accommodate all roadway users including bicyclists, pedestrians, transit riders, and vehicles.

Karl Gnadt, MTD Managing Director, describes the importance of working together for the good of the community:

“MCORE really represents a scenario that the citizens of Champaign-Urbana should be quite proud of. Four of their public agencies have pooled their resources in an unprecedented way and come together for the betterment of the community as a whole – not just their respective constituencies. It’s been so gratifying to see the project partners embrace that ideal and solve every difficulty that has been encountered in an unselfish, unbiased, uncanny way.”

Bumps in the Road

The first challenge that the partner agencies and design team faced was the tight project schedule, defined by the federal funding requirements. The TIGER Grant stipulates that all federal funding must be obligated before September 2016 and expended before September 2021. This gave the team a fraction of the amount of time that would normally be allocated to a project of this scale. Of course, all parties found a way to meet the deadlines and make the project happen.

In line with these deadlines, the partners went out to bid for Projects 1, 2, and 3 at the July 29, 2016 Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) bid letting. At the letting, the bids that were submitted were over the engineer’s cost estimates by more than 10%. Based on those amounts, the bids were rejected. Because the funding was in fact obligated by the September deadline, the federal funds were not threatened by the bid rejection. The team put their heads back together, made some changes that are believed to cut costs, and the projects are back on the street for bid acceptance. Bids will be opened at the November 2016 IDOT letting. Construction is expected to begin in Spring 2017.

Multimodal Improvements Coming Soon

The MCORE Project is in line with community goals surrounding accessibility and sustainability. Improvements based on “Complete Streets” concepts will provide access for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, and vehicles. The MCORE team is committed to transforming the project corridors into safe and appealing areas for active modes of transportation. The project also promotes development that is designed to be compact and contiguous to existing development and have limited impact on the environment.

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An artist’s rendering of planned improvements on Green Street in front of the Illini Union (MCORE Project 1).

Pedestrian improvements will include all pedestrian “scramble” walk phase at stoplights, pedestrian refuge islands, high visibility pavement markings, and leading pedestrian intervals at stoplights. Bicyclists can look forward to improvements including protected and raised bike lanes, green pavement markings, bike turn boxes at intersections, and leading bicycle intervals at stoplights. Transit improvements will include boarding islands, improved shelters, near-level bus boarding, and bus stop consolidation.

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These images show different designs for pedestrian improvements. The four presented are “All Way” Pedestrian Crossing, High Visibility Crosswalk, Corner Bump-Out, and Pedestrian Refuge Island.

As we move towards the rebid of the first three projects, the team has begun work on Project 4 (Armory Avenue) and Project 5 (the remainder of Green Street in Urbana). Stay informed via Facebook, Twitter (@MCOREproject), and by subscribing to email updates.

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