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Public official says city governments have role in new bus routes too

Wed, 28 Nov 2012 16:01:11 CST
By: Charlie Schlenker

An often mentioned objection to bus route changes in Bloomington Normal focuses on standing out in the cold in the dark, and the danger of busy streets. A Normal Town Council member says municipal governments could play a role in addressing that issue. Chuck Scott attended the last Connect Transit Board meeting to observe public input and says the Town might need to facilitate infrastructure on new bus routes.

"If we were resurfacing a road or doing a major re-development we'd want to make sure where the buses were traveling so we could accomodate them possibly through a curb cut similar to what has been done on ISU's campus."

Scott says Illinois State University has a recessed area for buses to pull off Gregory Street so students from the Cardinal Court area can board and the bus does not impede traffic. Scott is also the Executive Director of Facilities Management at ISU and says he looks forward to hearing more about plans for new routes, affecting students as debate continues. Scott says he hopes waiting time can be reduced to fifteen or twenty minutes between buses in the campus area.

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