MTD likely to take over rural transit

URBANA -- The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District probably will take over Champaign County's rural transit system on Oct.

Chicago bike-share program breaks one-day record

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago officials say the city's bicycle-sharing program has set a single-day record.

2014 could see start of two trail projects in Champaign County

MAHOMET — Work could begin as soon as this year on two of the three multi-use trail projects in Champaign County that are getting more than $2.5 million in federal funds trough the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Top of the Morning, April 15, 2014

The weather could be better. But the setting is perfect for today's third Illinois Bike Summit at I Hotel.

Champaign, Urbana and the University of Illinois, after all, have been deemed bicycle-friendly places by national folks in the know.

How that'd happen?

Rantoul Aviation Center has new manager

RANTOUL — It's fitting that the new Rantoul National Aviation Center manager is former military. So is the facility he'll oversee.

While not ex-Air Force, like the personnel who served at Chanute Air Force Base, Rune Duke believes his Army background will come in handy in his new job.

Lot J on campus to close April 16

CHAMPAIGN — A major campus parking lot will close next week as crews prepare to break ground on a six-story hotel and apartment complex just off Green Street.

Updated: Engineering money for I-57/74 interchange in next round of state plan

SPRINGFIELD — State officials are programming money for the next phase of engineering on the daunting interchange at Interstates 57 and 74 northwest of Champaign, and local officials are hoping the project will be shovel-ready sometime next year.

Illinois transit agencies urge patent reform legislation

Companies that file frivolous patent lawsuits are in the crosshairs of transit groups across Illinois, including the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District.

At a news conference at C-UMTD's headquarters Monday, officials called on federal lawmakers to pass a law to rein in the so-called "patent trolls."

AUDIO: C-UMTD press conference on patent trolls

AUDIO: C-UMTD press conference on patent trolls: Play now!

Transit officials and others speak on legislation to rein in patent trolls at a press conference at the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District headquarters on 4/7/14.


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Study: C-U among most compact cities in U.S.

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign-Urbana is the No. 5 most compact metropolitan area in the country, according to a study released Wednesday by Smart Growth America, a Washington, D.C. group that advocates for policies countering urban sprawl.

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