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Cold days in January bring record ridership

URBANA — For a month with above-average temperatures and below-average snowfall, January sure was a big month for bus ridership in Champaign-Urbana.

The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District set a record for January riders, carrying 1,077,033 passengers. The previous January record was 927,630 in January 2012.

A preview of the Chicago Auto Show

CHICAGO — When the cold winds blow in early February, it's tempting to let the Chicago Auto Show media preview slide by without attending.

But this year, like every year, I'm reminded what a great venue it is for "gearheads," with more than 1,000 cars on display and some of the best people-watching in the Midwest. (Automotive journalists are a varied and unique group.)

Final public hearing for Vermilion Street project set Tuesday

DANVILLE — The public will have a final opportunity Tuesday to make comments to city officials about the rehabilitation of a section of Vermilion Street near downtown that will include a resurfacing of the pavement, wider driving lanes, accommodations for bicycles and a middle turn lane in some spots.

Grant to help fund Windsor bridge project

SPRINGFIELD — The city of Champaign has received a $1.7 million grant to complete a two-phase project to improve the Windsor Road bridge over Interstate 57.

When completed in 2014, the Windsor Road corridor between Duncan and Staley roads will have a widened overpass with bike lanes and sidewalks, and improved approaches on both the east and west sides of the overpass.

$2.1 million grant moves Danville-Urbana bike trail closer

SPRINGFIELD — A $2.1 million grant to the Vermilion County Conservation District means that the long-planned Kickapoo bike trail between Danville and Urbana is one step closer to development.

Federal funds for the 24.5-mile multi-use recreation path along U.S. 150 have been approved by the Illinois Department of Transportation, according to an announcement by Gov. Pat Quinn.

Willard, Vermilion airports up for improvements

SPRINGFIELD — Willard Airport and the Vermilion Regional Airport are in for improvements under the state's 2013 state-local airport improvement program.

MTD starts using newer hybrids in fleet

URBANA — Within a few months more than half of the 102-bus fleet of the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District will be made up of low-emissions, improved mileage diesel-electric hybrid buses.

Gifford considering whether to buy, lease buses

GIFFORD — The Gifford school board has some hard choices ahead in terms of transportation.

To lease or buy buses: That is the question.

Tim Toolen of Midwest Bus Sales gave a presentation to the school board at its monthly meeting this week about the firm's bus lease or bus lease-purchase programs.

Urbana drops roundabout issue at Race-Windsor intersection

URBANA — A proposal to build a roundabout at the intersection of Race Street and Windsor road is ostensibly dead following a Monday night decision to drop the issue.

A Race and Windsor roundabout is too expensive and there are too many concerns from the public, said Mayor Laurel Prussing. The city council backed her suggestion to drop the issue.

Prussing to ask council to end roundabout discussion

URBANA — Mayor Laurel Prussing said she expects the city council to circle the issue no more.

A recurring discussion — now approaching 2 years old — about the city building a roundabout at the intersection of Race Street and Windsor Road is expected to end on Monday night when Prussing asks city council members to drop it.