Second General Meeting – Kruti Barot

Our next General Meeting will be held Thursday, November 8th, from 5 – 6:30 PM in 1233 Newmark (near Crane Bay) and will feature Transportation Engineer Kruti Barot from the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC).  Ms. Barot is a graduate of the University of Illinois and will be presenting on the University District Circulation Study and the Campus Area Transportation Study (description below).  Pizza and drinks will be provided, and we will elect a representative for Engineering Council.
What are the transportation needs in the University of Illinois campus area? How should travel be accommodated among pedestrians, bicycles, transit, and vehicles? And which transportation projects should receive priority for future funding? In a collective effort with the Champaign-Urbana Urbanized Area Transportation Study (CUUATS), the City of Champaign, the City of Urbana, the University of Illinois, and the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (CUMTD) have completed two phases of the Campus Area Transportation Study (CATS) to answer these questions.
Over the past several years much effort has been spent identifying transportation/circulation deficiencies and issues that exist within the campus area. Out of this process have come reports such as the Campus Safety Task Force Report and the Campus 2000 Report, which detail many of these deficiencies. While these studies have set forth concerns about specific problems, there was not previously a study which looked comprehensively at transportation issues in the Campus area, included all of the jurisdictions and agencies serving the campus area, or which recommended integrated solutions for all transportation modes.
The CATS represents the first transportation study that all agencies have participated together to address campus area transportation problems. It is the intent of the CATS to identify a comprehensive approach to address transportation issues within the study area. The study addresses the following issues:
·         Pedestrian safety
·         Community traffic flow needs
·         University-oriented traffic
·         Interaction among travel modes
·         The role of non-auto travel modes including pedestrian, bus, bike and travel by persons with disabilities
·         Truck traffic, freight deliveries and loading issues
·         Traffic calming
·         Interaction between parking supply and traffic circulation
·         Identifying projects, priorities and cost estimates

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