Planned changes in bus routes in Bloomington-Normal will have to wait a few more months before going into effect. Last month, transit system board members were briefed on modified routes and had hoped to finalize them in August. Now, transit system manager Andrew Johnson says the final route map probably won't be ready until January. He says additional federal compliance is the main reason for the delay.
"The federal government is putting an added emphasis on Title 6 of the Civil Rights Act, what's called equity analysis where you make sure all groups in the community are properly served by any changes you might make."
Johnson says he's continuting to wait on the status of a federal grant that would pay for flexible routing service instead of fixed routes in some areas.
"We won't know whether we get that grant until August. We really don't want to commit to service until we know it's funded."
The new route schedule would eliminate the underused Teal J east side route and shift the Uptown Normal transfer station away from North and Fell Streets to the new Uptown Station under construction. A public hearing will be held before the changes are finalized. The system is renaming itself Connect Transit and the rebranding effort should be complete by August.
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