Transportation related issues.

Read more about the article MTD’s next stop: restoring its service level and curbing complaints of overcrowded busesWikipedia
The Illinois Terminal in Champaign, Illinois. The terminal provides Amtrak service, and is host to public bus service (MTD) for Champaign-Urbana.

MTD’s next stop: restoring its service level and curbing complaints of overcrowded buses

Staffing issues have led to the overcrowding of buses on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus — a problem that has been increasing…

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MTD SafeRides ridership halved in past decade; University of Illinois program loses over 25,000 riders

Ridership for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s SafeRides program has declined by nearly half what it was ten years ago.  SafeRides, a university…

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Read more about the article Racial disparity in Urbana police traffic stops highest in 10 yearsDarrell Hoemann
The window for the Urbana Police Department office inside the Urbana City Hall on Thursday, September 4, 2014. photo by Darrell Hoemann/C-U Citizen Access

Racial disparity in Urbana police traffic stops highest in 10 years

The ratio of nonwhite to white drivers involved in traffic stops in Urbana hit a 10-year high in 2022 — for every 10 white…

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Read more about the article Trains often carry hazardous materials through Champaign County, but public kept in dark because of security concernsJ. Sidney Malone
An employee delivers orders at the Neil Street Culver's that stands less than 15 yards from railroad tracks carrying hazardous material. Beyond the tracks is the Illinois Fire Service Institute, which trains to handle hazardous material incidents.

Trains often carry hazardous materials through Champaign County, but public kept in dark because of security concerns

A train passes through Champaign County every fifteen minutes, many of which carry flammable, corrosive and hazardous materials.  The recent disaster in East Palestine,…

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Read more about the article Students living at The Place at 117 to have a safer way to bike to campusDarrell Hoemann
The Place at 117 exterior (117 Sterling Ct, Savoy) on Sunday, December 19, 2021. Photo by Darrell Hoemann/CU-CitizenAccess

Students living at The Place at 117 to have a safer way to bike to campus

A grant from the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) has supported the Village of Savoy’s intent to construct a shared use path along First Street next year, estimated to cost $1.2 million. The Place at 117 is a student living apartment complex located in Savoy at the intersection of First Street and Curtis Road. It’s a 10-minute drive to campus by car or a 30-minute ride on the public bus. Yet 1 mile of the 2.3 mile bike ride from the complex to campus along First Street are missing bike lanes and lighting, and the Village of Savoy plans to fix that.

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Read more about the article Complaints rise about reduced bus services, but MTD can’t “speed up” training driversWikipedia
The Illinois Terminal in Champaign, Illinois. The terminal provides Amtrak service, as well as public bus service (MTD) for Champaign-Urbana.

Complaints rise about reduced bus services, but MTD can’t “speed up” training drivers

In August this year, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD) announced that many bus routes’ services would be reduced due to a shortage of bus drivers.  Officials said somewhere in the range of 80 to 90 drivers quit and about the same number were hired. Amy Snyder, chief of staff at MTD, said that it’s impossible to speed up the training. 

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Read more about the article Central Illinois airports see millions in losses due to COVID-19’s impact on air travelUniversity of Illinois Willard Airport
COVID-19 safety information is part of Willard Airport's plan to recover revenue lost by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Central Illinois airports see millions in losses due to COVID-19’s impact on air travel

The impact of COVID-19 on central Illinois airport revenue has been substantial as passenger travel was reduced by almost two-thirds.

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Read more about the article Champaign County rail systems see frequent transport of hazardous materialsCity of Champaign website
A freight train pictured on the City of Champaign's "Choose Champaign" web page.

Champaign County rail systems see frequent transport of hazardous materials

Approximately 107 trains, often carrying hazardous materials, pass through Champaign County’s 225 miles of active rail lines each day. Freight traffic accounts for about 101 of these trains. According to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, there have been 195 hazardous materials incident reports filed since 2010, with the majority of them being spills or leaks on local roads and streets, as well as some interstate highways.

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Read more about the article Coronavirus leaves international students scrambling to get home
International travelers needed to wait in long lines for hours at Delhi International Airport on March 20, 2020. "We were made to wait behind glass doors to join the actual line which led to the immigration counters," said Maheshwari.

Coronavirus leaves international students scrambling to get home

Yashovardhan Maheshwari, a freshman at the University of Illinois’ Urbana-Champaign campus, was aboard one of the last planes allowed to fly to India on…

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