Connect Transit is proposing several service changes to improve the state of the city's bus system. The biggest proposal is an overall route restructure. General Manager Andrew Johnson says this would fulfill their goal to send busses where they're most needed and streamline the routes to ensure timeliness.
"This route restructuring does not decrease the amount of service that we have to save money, nor does it substantially increase any service," he says. "It just kind of keeps it at the same level, but reallocates it so we have the transit system serving more people in more places."
Johnson says they will also implement a Heartland Express bus to accomodate the interests of riders with different destinations in mind.
"Around Heartland Community College, we're having overcrowding on the bus," he says. "Some of the people that ride that bus want to get to places on the Green A route, other people who ride that bus just want to get to the transfer point at Uptown Station, so we're going to split it apart."
According to a notice from Connect Transit, other changes include the discontinuation of the late night Green A route and School Tripper service from Normal Community West High School.
Connect Transit will hold two public hearings on July 25 and July 30 to discuss the changes. Johnson says locals have been part of the conversation for months, but the hearings give them a final say before the board votes on a plan.
If approved, Johnson says the changes will go into effect before school resumes in August.
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