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MCORE Construction Changes Gears and Brings on Stage 2 of Reroutes for the Summer

Project 4 of MCORE construction has been moving steadily forward, bringing the next stage of campus construction into full view as students wrap up the Spring semester.

Stage 2 of MTD reroutes for MCORE Project 4 will begin on Monday, May 13 and last throughout the summer, with Stage 3 tentatively scheduled to begin in August and continue through December 2019. Stage 2 involves the rebuilding of Armory Avenue from Sixth Street to Wright Street and on Wright Street to south of Chalmers Street; this includes the entire intersection of Sixth and Armory. The south side of Armory Street between Fourth Street and Sixth Street will also be under construction.

Several MTD routes will face temporary changes in order to accommodate the construction. Impacted routes are the 1/100S Yellow/YELLOWhopper, 1/100N Yellow/YELLOWhopper, 4E Blue, 4W Blue, 5W Green Weekday Daytime trips with the “J” Footnote (to Sixth & Pennsylvania), 8W Bronze, 9A Brown, 9B Brown, 13S Silver, 13N Silver, 130 Silver Limited, and the 22/220 Illini Limited. While existing Designated Stops will be used along the reroutes, new Designated Stops include Fourth & Daniel (SE & NW Corners), Fourth & Green (SE Corner), Fourth & John (NW Corner), Fifth & Chalmers (NW Corner), Oregon & Gregory St. (NW Corner).

The process of completing MCORE construction is lengthy and not without disruptions; however, the end result will greatly improve mobility for everyone. This busy corridor serves bicyclists, pedestrians, cars, and buses in high volumes. Overall, MCORE will enhance mobility choices, with improvements to pedestrian access routes, bicycle lanes, transit efficiency, and vehicle flow. MCORE Projects 4 and 5 aim to increase the utilization and efficiency of this corridor through updated infrastructure (new and repaired pavement and sidewalks, new pavement markings, replacement of storm and sanitary sewers, and enhancements to bus stops and bicycle facilities). These projects will also bring major improvements to ADA accessibility throughout the area. MTD would like to thank riders for their patience during this project; what may be a temporary delay for trips today will be a long-lasting improvement for thousands of commutes for years to come.

Detailed reroute announcements are available on MTD’s website and can be found on the Reroute page; complete maps and information on MCORE are also posted at mtd.org/mcore. Riders are encouraged to sign up for a free account at mtd.org to create customized SMS and/or email alerts when changes are made to their favorite routes.