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Connect Transit Board fields more objections to proposed route changes

Tue, 27 Nov 2012 22:08:30 CST
By: Charlie Schlenker

Objections are still coming in to the proposed new bus routes for Bloomington Normal. Concerned Citizens spoke at the Connect Transit Board meeting including Bonnie Johnson of Normal of the newly formed Committee to Ensure Fair Transit or CEFT who are advocating for people with disabilities. She had advice for the board.

Current transit routes have not changed in decades and one of the goals of the proposal is to increase frequency to a half hour between busses. But, even though current wait times range up to an hour, some residents like Rita Davitt of Bloomington just want the existing routes to continue because they do not want change.

Even some bus drivers don't like the plan that would add no new busses. Brian Inata says the Transit Workers Union advocated a dedicated tax a year and a half and three elections ago, and the transit board has not been enthusiastic.

The Transit Board says planners will digest all the comments, make revisions, and then have a dialog with the public in the spring in Town Hall style meetings to make the case for change and for keeping buses on main streets and out of parking lots, culdesacs, and business areas.

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