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Connect Transit looks to expand service on route to Rivian

Connect Transit sign in front of its headquarters
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WGLT
Connect Transit debuted its Sapphire route to the Rivian Automotive plant last October.

Connect Transit has scheduled a series of community engagement sessions to discuss a proposed change to the new Sapphire Route.

The proposed change would have the Sapphire Route operate between the west Bloomington Walmart and Rivian every 30 minutes on the :15 and :45.

The route, which started last October, would run continuously from 5:45 a.m. to 9:15 p.m. without breaks.

Currently, the route runs during peak times from 5:10 a.m. to 8:40 a.m. and from 2:10 p.m. to 7:10 p.m.

This change would also allow for better connections to the Sapphire Route from the Brown and Silver routes, transit officials say. Those routes go from west Bloomington to Uptown Normal and downtown Bloomington, respectively.

Additionally, the Lime Route would begin service at 5:15 a.m. from Uptown Normal to accommodate the Sapphire Route’s changes.

The Community Engagement Sessions will take place over the next two weeks:

  • 4 – 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 11 at Mid America Insurance Meeting Room, 216 East Grove St., Bloomington 
  • 5 – 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 12 on the Connect Transit buses on the current Sapphire Route
  • 2 – 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 12 on the Connect Transit buses on the current Sapphire Route 
  • 4 – 6 p.m. Thursday, April 13 at Normal City Hall, Room 409
  • 4 – 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 18 at Normal City Hall, Room 409 
  • 4 – 6 p.m. Thursday, April 20 at Mid America Insurance Meeting Room, 216 East Grove St., Bloomington

More information is available on route schedules at connect-transit.com or by calling 309-828-9833.

Megan Spoerlein was a reporting intern at WGLT.