Best of CU: Best Bus Stop

By Alexis Ramirez, Contributing Writer

Any University of Illinois college student knows how useful the buses on campus can be. However, just as helpful as the buses are, they may be challenging to navigate sometimes. One of the bus stops on campus, though, has been voted by the C-U community as one of the more helpful, less confusing ones.

Whether you’re a transit-oriented teen or just trying to get from point A to point B, the Illini Union bus stop is just as noteworthy as the eponymous student center. Perfectly situated between the Main Quad, Bardeen Quadrangle (colloquially known as the “Engineering Quad”), Campustown and Transit Plaza, it’s not hard to see why it’s been voted as the best bus stop in the Champaign-Urbana area. It’s the most serviced stop within the University campus by number of routes: eight. One can board the Red, Green, Bronze, Teal, Silver, Raven, Illini and — since mid-August — Link.

The Illini Union stop’s current appearance is the result of the Multimodal Corridor Enhancement Project. Phase 1 of the project, headed by the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, transformed this section of Green Street into a complete street. Complete streets are designed to be safe for pedestrians, cyclists, drivers and public transit riders of all ages and abilities. The contraflow bike lane was replaced by conventional lanes on either side of the street. The added island bus shelter facilitates pedestrian crossing and left turns for routes heading toward Transit Plaza.

The Illini Union bus stop is your ticket to nearly all that Champaign, Urbana and Savoy have to offer. While you may board here free of charge thanks to its iStop designation, make sure to bring your iCard or cash for the return trip. Ride on!

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