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MCORE Project 5 Begins Monday, May 4, 2020: Green Street Closed from Race to McCullough

On Monday, May 4, work began on Multimodal Corridor Enhancement (MCORE) Project 5: Green Street – Urbana. During the first phase of Project 5, Green Street is closed from Race to McCullough. This closure is expected to last until mid-August, and has necessitated reroutes for 5/50 Green and Green Hopper trips.

Transit improvements being made along this corridor include pads, shelters, and real time bus schedule information to encourage bus ridership and make travel to bus stops more convenient for travel beyond the neighborhood. At the completion of this project, pedestrians will find walking easier with the inclusion of ADA accessible ramps and sidewalk improvements.

The following reroutes are in effect:

5/50E Green / Green Hopper: Green to McCullough to Springfield to Main and regular route.

5/50W Green / Green Hopper: Elm to Race to Main to Springfield to McCullough to Green and regular route.

Note: Stops will be Springfield and Birch (SW Corner and North Side) and McCullough and Green (NE Far Side and NW Corner)

Considered by many to be the major connection between the city of Urbana and the University of Illinois, Green Street from Wright Street to Race Street connects retail, residential, cultural and educational facilities. Project 5: Green Street – Urbana, along with the other projects within MCORE, will increase interaction among those who live and work in this micro-urban community by physically bridging the connection between the cities and the University, and promoting environmental sustainability by upgrading various modes of transportation between the core population areas.

Project 5:  Green Street – Urbana from Busey Avenue to Race Street, which is under the jurisdiction of the City of Urbana, consists of proposed transportation enhancements designed to promote pedestrian, bicycle,  mass transit and vehicular travel between the city of Urbana and the University of Illinois with the upgrade of the existing street infrastructure. Better roadway surfaces will be created by bringing the streets to a state of good repair. The improvements will promote walkable neighborhoods.

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

MTD would like to thank our passengers 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.