About the Wright & Armory Street Project
Wright Street is the heart and soul of the campus transportation system. This lively corridor not only
stands as the dividing line between the cities of Champaign and Urbana but serves as the western edge of the University of Illinois Quad. Allowing for safe and efficient travel for all modes of transportation is absolutely essential.
This corridor is about three quarters of a mile in length and is heavily utilized by all types of transportation, most of which are non-drivers. This corridor includes the busiest intersection within the
entire MCORE project: Green Street and Wright Street.
There are currently ten MTD bus stops within this corridor. During the Fall 2014 University of Illinois semester the total passenger activity within this corridor averaged 13,300 boardings and alightings each weekday. The most active MTD bus stop in this corridor, known as Transit Plaza, is centrally located outside of the Illini Union Bookstore and adjacent to the Quad. This highly utilized bus stop is currently served by seven weekday daytime MTD bus routes, three of which run at 10-minute frequency during the University of Illinois Fall and Spring semesters. Pedestrian and bicycle counts are especially high in this area as well, with notable congestion at key times on weekdays when University classes tend to begin.
The MCORE project will look closely at how best to manage the large number of pedestrians and bicyclists that utilize this corridor as well as the high frequency of public transportation services. The
project aims to bring the streets to a state of good repair and improve mobility choices throughout the
corridor. The roadway will be redesigned to safely accommodate all users—pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, buses, and cars. Specifically, this corridor will be improved through reconstruction of the streets including new pavement, sidewalks, pavement markings, and other related infrastructure. Bicycle facilities will be implemented throughout the entire corridor and enhancements to bus stops will be included. A major focus of the project will also be to provide safe and adequate transportation access during the construction of the project for the many everyday users and visitors of this corridor.
Public Meeting Documents
MCORE Public Open House #2 - Sept 2015 (Final Concepts, Phase I)
MCORE Public Open House #1 - May 2015