Transportation Impacts

The Transportation Impact Analysis was completed in January 2012 and was recently updated to include appendices with more explanation of the assumptions that went into estimates of transportation mode share, costs, and athletic participation. Read more in the full report:  TransportImpact_6.6.12 or read a short summary: TransportSummary_4.18.12

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Depending on the future locations of the schools, parental and district responsibilities and expenses for transportation may shift. According to Illinois law, the Unit 4 School District does not have to provide transportation to those students living within 1.5 miles of a school. Outside that distance, it must provide transportation. In Champaign, Unit 4 provides the majority of transportation for high school students by paying for MTD (Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District) passes and additional routes. Students in only a few of the most distant areas are picked up by a yellow school bus.

The Transportation Impact Analysis of the Central High School Relocation Study uses four hypothetical scenarios, intended to be representative of any of the options currently under consideration, while also comparing current conditions at both high schools. Estimates of the total daily vehicle miles traveled and the modes of transportation that students and staff use to arrive at school were used to develop information about current and future accessibility to the schools and costs of transportation.

Key Findings

  • A greenfield site (undeveloped land) has advantages for ease of construction, provision of parking, and centralization of athletic facilities; however, basic transportation costs will likely be more than twice as high.
  • Remodeling the current schools or building a new school on an infill site may have higher initial development costs but would save time and money for both families and the district over the school’s lifetime.
  • The cost of current travel to athletic practices is less than six percent of the future cost to transport students to a new school built on a greenfield site.
  • Locating a new school near to Centennial High School would improve the efficiency of bussing.
  • Transportation is an essential consideration for Unit 4’s future facilities planning.

One thought on “Transportation Impacts

  1. It seems to me that the transportation costs for teachers, students, families and others would be extremely high over the years if a new High School is built on the outskirts of town. Since we should expect to use a new school for 50 – 100 years, we need to plan for the long term. With gas prices near $4 per gallon right now and our global oil reserves being rapidly depleted (most experts estimate that we have only a 40 -45 year supply of oil left), it doesn’t make sense to have a new school in a place where people have to drive to get there.

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