The Head of Connect Transit in Bloomington Normal says a recent round of public listening sessions gave valuable input on new bus route proposals to come out in about a month. Andrew Johnson says many of those were the same feelings raised in response to the last proposed route plan.
"Definitely got some concerns in the disabled community and those with mobility issues worried about service not necessarily coming as close to their origin and destination as it might have been before."
Johnson says the new plan will look nothing like last year's proposal nor the current routes.
"One of the big concerns over and above just where is the bus going to be running is is the bus going to be on time. Is it going to get me to work on time. Is it going to get me where I need to go."
He says they are re-thinking areas of low ridership and how to make routes more direct to avoid areas that have difficult bus access. Johnson says existing routes are far too tight and do not have room to deal with unexpected circumstances, so they run late. Johnson says Connect Transit is not done taking public input. He says they will incorporate public comments and feedback from a bus driver task force into the new plan, and then hold a series of public meetings to get comment and suggestions before finalizing the plan and implementing it in August.
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