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July 28, 2020  |   Posted In

Project of Distinction – Champaign, Illinois

Tolar Manufacturing Company delivers bus shelters now installed throughout University of Illinois as part of Multimodal Corridor Enhancement Project

Tolar Manufacturing has designed, engineered, and manufactured nine new Signature Sunset bus shelters for the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD). Located on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus, the shelters were specifically designed to reflect the character of the University community.

The shelters are part of the latest phase of the Multimodal Corridor Enhancement Project (MCORE). Specifically, the shelters are being installed in the Wright Street section, a street segment that provides movement for a high number of pedestrians and buses traversing the heart of this academic and historic portion of the University of Illinois campus. Working alongside engineering firm T.Y. Lin International Group, Tolar Manufacturing produced structural engineering documents matching the design intent for the project. The resulting nine new shelters were manufactured in five distinctive Tolar Signature Sunset models ranging from 12 feet to 48 feet in length. The shelters encompass passenger amenities including electric LED roof lighting, Signature Mesa benches and leaning rails, and map cases perfect for displaying passenger information in all nine of the shelters.

“The MCORE Project is transformative for our community and it was important for us to incorporate bus stop amenities that are safe and accessible for transit riders and fit with the project. Tolar’s shelters have met our expectations. Our team had a positive experience working with Tolar and the shelters look great,” said Jane Sullivan, Grants & Governmental Affairs Director for Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District.

To fully support the project and ensure easy implementation, the Tolar team provided on-site installation training and support for the project contractor and agency staff as the shelters were being installed, resulting in installations completed in record time. Tolar Manufacturing is on track to supply similar shelters for the next phase of MCORE Project 5 Green Street to be completed later this year.

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