Local law enforcment joins effort to reduce train deaths

The danger of railroad crossings has hit close to home again this year with two deaths in Champaign County so far.  A new statewide iniative called Rail Safety Week that started Sunday aims to help reduce fatalities on the tracks across the state. Scott Beatty reports.

Deadly crash involving Urbana family puts safety push into question

A self-employed semitractor trailer driver who killed an Urbana family of three and two others on a northern Illinois highway this summer lost all vision in his right eye three decades ago.

Amtrak seeks investigation of Canadian National over routes through C-U

WASHINGTON — Amtrak is seeking an investigation of the Canadian National Railway for what it called "consistently substandard" service on Amtrak's Illini/Saluki trains over the Canadian National tracks through Champaign-Urbana.

Poll: Danville residents want roundabout at problem intersection

DANVILLE — And the survey says: City residents would prefer a roundabout to a traditional four-way stop at one of Danville's most problematic intersections.

No MTD routes on Monday

Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District buses will not operate on Monday in observance of Labor Day.

That includes the revised Air Bus service to Willard Airport, which begins anew on Tuesday.

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.

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.

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.