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MCORE Update March 23, 2020: Green & Wright Reopens, Reroutes in Effect

Due to MCORE construction, Wright Street is closed southbound from Springfield Ave. to Green St. as of Monday, March 23. Green St. will be open at Wright St. for both east and westbound traffic. Additionally, Transit Plaza and the Illini Union will both reopen. Wright St. will be closed to southbound traffic between Green and Springfield, but open to northbound traffic.   

Work also began March 9 on the east half of Wright St. between Green St. and Springfield Ave. While this work has been temporarily discontinued due to Governor J.B. Pritzker's “Stay at Home” mandate in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has nonetheless resulted in several traffic pattern changes north of Green St. A few key items are highlighted below:

  • Wright St. is one-way northbound between Green St. and Springfield Ave.
  • The sidewalk along the east side of Wright Street is closed between Green St. and Springfield Ave.

The following reroutes are in effect:

1/100S Yellow / Yellow Hopper: White to Sixth to Springfield to Goodwin to Green to Wright and regular route.

2U Red:  White to Sixth to Springfield to Goodwin and regular route.

20U Red: University to Sixth to Springfield to Goodwin and regular route.

4W Blue: University to Sixth to Springfield to Goodwin to Green to Wright and regular route.

9A Brown: White to Sixth to Springfield to Goodwin to Green to Wright and regular route.

12/120E Teal: White to Sixth to Springfield to Goodwin and regular route.

Note: Some stops will be served by routes they do not normally serve, like Goodwin at Ceramics, Goodwin & Green, and the Illini Union Island Shelter. Additional designated stops will be at Sixth & White (NW Corner ONLY for 4W Blue and 20U Red), Springfield & Wright (SW Corner) and Springfield & Mathews (SW Corner). 

More information about MCORE Project 4 progression will be released as the COVID-19 response evolves.

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; 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.