Regional Destinations via Transit

The Illinois Terminal, a large red-brick transit building with many arched windows, its parking lot, and bus shelters and bus lanes that serve local and regional passengers.

What is the indicator?

This indicator shows the number of destinations, both within and outside of Illinois, that are accessible via train, bus, or plane, illustrating the degree to which Champaign County residents can move around the region and around the country without an automobile.


What does the data say? Are there any notable trends?

Regional Destinations via Transit in Illinois

DestinationIntercity BusesWillard AirportAmtrak
Bloomington-Normal, ILX
Carbondale, ILXX
Centralia, ILX
Chicago, ILXXX
Danville, ILX
Decatur, ILX
Du Quoin, ILX
Effingham, ILX
Freeport, ILX
Galena, ILX
Galesburg, ILX
Gilman, ILX
Homewood, ILX
Joliet, ILX
Kankakee, ILXX
La Salle, ILX
Marion, ILX
Markham, ILX
Matteson, ILX
Mattoon, ILX
Moline, ILX
Monmouth, ILX
Naperville, ILX
Normal, ILX
Oakbrook, ILX
Peoria, ILX
Quincy, ILX
Rantoul, ILX
Rockford, ILX
Rock Island, ILX
Schaumburg, ILX
Springfield, ILX
Stockton, ILX
Woodridge, ILX


Regional Destinations via Transit Outside of Illinois

DestinationIntercity BusesWillard AirportAmtrak
Atlantic, IAX
Bethany, MOX
Brookhaven, MSX
Burlington, IAX
Cedar Rapids, IAX
Chickasha, OKX
Columbus, OHX
Dallas/Fort Worth, TXX
Davenport, IAX
Denver, COX
Des Moines, IAX
Elkhart, INX
Evansville, INX
Fairfield, IAX
Fort Morgan, COX
Fulton, KYX
Grand Island, NEX
Greenwood, MSX
Hammond, LAXX
Hazlehurst, MSX
Indianapolis, INX
Iowa City, IAX
Jackson, MSX
Kearney, NEX
Knoxville, TNX
Lamoni, LAX
Lexington, NEX
Lincoln, NEX
Martinsville, INX
McComb, MSX
Memphis, TNX
Milwaukee, WIX
Monroe, IAX
Mt. Pleasant, IAX
Muscatine, IAX
Newbern-Dyersberg, TNXX
New Orleans, LAX
North Platte, NEX
Ogallala, NEX
Omaha, NEX
Osceola, IAX
Oskaloosa, IAX
Ottumwa, IAX
South Bend, INX
St. Louis, MOX
Sterling, COX
Tulsa, OKX
Yazoo City, MSX


This data has not been compiled multiple times, so we cannot establish a trend. There are currently 34 cities in Illinois and 48 cities outside of Illinois accessible by bus, train, or plane. All trips included in the charts are under 12 hours in duration, and/or require no transfers.


Why is this important?/Why did we include it in our set of indicators?

For a variety of reasons, automobile ownership is not a viable option for all households. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey 2010-2014 5-Year Estimates, 1,063 (+/- 198) homeowner households and 8,333 (+/- 544) renter households had no access to a vehicle during the five-year period[1]. Thus, the ability to travel to regional and national destinations without a car is important when considering the overall mobility of Champaign County residents.


Where did we get the data, and how often is it released?

This data was compiled by Champaign County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) and Champaign Urbana Urbanized Area Transportation Study (CUUATS) staff. Previous versions of this list appear in previous Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) documents.

[1] U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey, 2010-2014 5-Year Estimates, Table B25044; generated by CCRPC staff; using American FactFinder; (20 May 2016).


Source: CCRPC and CUUATS staff