The Illinois Terminal Expansion is part of a joint development initiative between MTD, the City of Champaign, and a private development team. This is one piece of a larger development, known as The Yards. The information provided here focuses only on the aspects of The Yards that MTD is directly involved in, all of which are north of Logan Street. A private development is being pursued south of Logan Street which does not involve any federal or MTD funds.

Through a competitive selection process, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded MTD a Bus and Bus Facilities grant in 2019 to complete the Illinois Terminal Expansion at The Yards Project (Component A).  To meet federal requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), MTD and the FTA are preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) to analyze the effects of implementing the Illinois Terminal Expansion Project on the physical, human, and natural environments.  The EA will be published and available for public review in early 2021.

The purpose of the Illinois Terminal Expansion Project is to expand Illinois Terminal on parcels north of Logan Street in Downtown Champaign. The Project would:

  • Improve safety and accessibility for passengers by reducing platform congestion, controlling access to bus platforms, separating transportation modes, and increasing visibility.
  • Increase the capacity of bus platform space, passenger waiting areas, and tenant space.
  • Enhance quality of life by meeting demand for improved access to the community and region, providing efficient land use, increased transit use, and improved connectivity.
  • Advance local economic development goals by capturing value associated with joint development.

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News & Media

MTD Welcomes Public Feedback Ahead of Illinois Terminal Expansion Project

September 17, 2020

MTD gets $17.275 million federal grant for Illinois Terminal expansion as part of The Yards

November 20, 2019

‘The Yards’ Downtown Development Clears Hurdle At Champaign City Council Study Session

May 1, 2019


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