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Connect Transit restores peak and late-night service after overcoming driver shortage

Connect Transit bus sign
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Connect Transit will restore full service starting Sunday.

Starting Sunday, Bloomington-Normal’s public transportation service will restore full service during peak times and late-night hours.

Connect Transit cut back service frequency last October due to a driver shortage. The agency made similar reductions in 2021 for the same reason. Transit officials said they were able to “significantly increase their workforce” by increasing starting wages and offering signing bonuses to attract more drivers.

“They were able to attract and retain hard-working and customer service-oriented employees who make a difference in our passengers’ lives every day, and we are happy to provide the level of service the community expects,” said Connect Transit Board of Trustees chair Ryan Whitehouse.

Connect’s Blue, Purple, Aqua, Orange and Silver routes will return to 30-minute service during peak hours — from 5:30-10 a.m. and 2:30-6:30 p.m. The Yellow route will go back to 15-minute intervals during peak times — from 8-11 a.m. and 3-5 p.m.

Late-night service will be reinstated on the Green, Redbird Express and Yellow routes.

Connect Transit’s micotransit service, Flex, will not be affected.

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