A six-month pilot project that will test limited bus service in northern Normal and southwestern Bloomington was approved by the Connect Transit Board of Trustees. The plan is to provide morning and afternoon service in those areas beginning in mid-August. Those areas would have been cut off by the route restructure slated for the fall.
General Manager Andrew Johnson said the transit system used surveys from riders to figure out what times to run the routes.
"What we did was, then, got input from the community, from the people that were being affected by this, and were able to refine exactly when they wanted to ride," he said.
The service will start along with the new routes and schedules in the fall, but Johnson said it's unclear what will happen once the evaluation period is up.
"It's kind of new territory for us. The 6-month mark doesn't mean that we'll drop the service or something like that," he said, "It just means at six months we're going to bring it back to the board and decide where we want to go from here."
The pilot project will cost $40,000 for the first six months.