Transportation

Transportation

Learning some street smarts

Back-to-school time means area police have to haul out their own textbook for educating bicyclists who disregard the rules of the road: a pad of traffic tickets.

Faced with the sting of a three-figure fine in both Champaign and Urbana, bicyclists usually need only one ticket to complete that education.

Gas prices may head lower soon

Analyst: Demand will fall after Labor Day, put pressure on price

CHAMPAIGN — Aside from a possible bump up this weekend, look for gas prices to head steadily lower in the period between Labor Day and Thanksgiving, a gasoline analyst said.

Air Bus given another year

CHAMPAIGN — Air Bus service between the University of Illinois campus and Willard Airport will continue for another year, but in a stripped-down version.

The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District board Wednesday unanimously approved a revised agreement covering the service.

On campus: More students, fewer cars

CHAMPAIGN — As a newcomer to Champaign, Mark Goldich of Chicago brought his car to the University of Illinois so he could take off whenever he felt like it.

"I didn't want to feel I was stuck in central Illinois," said the first-year law student.

C-UMTD touts solar panels

The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District said it hopes to save thousands of dollars in energy costs through a recently-completed project of installing solar panels at the district's maintenance facility.

The installation of about 1,200 panels on the roof of the structure began last November.

Official: MTD's estimates inflated

But bus service says district pays for access others don't get

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign school board member is accusing the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District of "gouging" the school district in its cost estimates for busing students to the proposed Central High School site north of Interstate Drive.

Bement approves golf cart ordinance

BEMENT — Golf carts are officially coming to Bement streets.

With the state now allowing carts to cross some state highways, the village board has approved a golf cart ordinance — just one year after tabling the issue.

"State says no, the answer is no. State says yes, the answer is yes," board member Robert Stevens Jr. said.

Intersections near State Farm Center to be four-way stops this weekend

CHAMPAIGN — Due to major electrical work at the State Farm Center this weekend, power will be off at the hall.

The outage will affect traffic signals on Kirby Avenue at First Street and Fourth Street.

The two intersections will be converted to four-way stops starting at 4 p.m. Friday through approximately 8 p.m. Sunday.

'That's Amtrak time'

CHAMPAIGN — When Amy Van Rheeden travels with Amtrak, she always anticipates extra time to sit back, read a book and encounter train delays.

She's come to expect it as a frequent visitor to the Illinois Terminal in downtown Champaign.

Ivesdale puts weight limit on road

IVESDALE — Heavy vehicles can no longer drive on a street going north out of town.