Transportation (CUUATS)

Campus Area Transportation Study


Mission Statement

To better accommodate pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and vehicle movements in a more user-friendly environment.

University District Traffic Circulation Study (UDTCS)

The Champaign County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) received a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) in 2011 to conduct a traffic circulation study for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's University District.  The CATS Technical Advisory Committee acted as the study steering committee.  CCRPC staff completed the UDTCS Final Report in Fall 2013.

About CATS

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:

John Eastbound from Northwest
  • 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