Bloomington-Normal's transit agency is updating progress toward achieving 100% ADA compliance through a new interactive map on its website.
Connect Transit General Manager Isaac Thorne said the map makes it easier for riders and others to see the ADA status of each of its more than 450 bus stops.
“This is a much more transparent way of doing this and letting everyone know where we are at in this process than the old way because some of that was just being missed,” Thorne said.
Until now, the planned upgrades were listed on the website and including in transit board meeting reports, but Thorne said the map makes the information easier to access.
“In trying to describe the number of bus stops, we were constantly being asked how many we have done,” Thorne said. “Now you can actually go to our website and find out where we are at at all times.”
Thorne said Connect Transit has completed upgrades at 18 bus stops in the last year and plans to upgrade another 20 this spring. Seventy are scheduled for ADA improvements next year.
Connect Transit claims it is one of the few transit agencies in the country that has a 100% ADA compliance goal. Its goal, as part of its Better Bus Stops campaign, is to reach full accessibility by 2024.
Connect Transit officials said in November about two-thirds of its bus stops met ADA provisions.
Connect Transit projects it will need $2.5 million to complete all ADA upgrades. It has secured $500,000 in federal money and $900,000 from the state.
As a matter of disclosure, WGLT Program Director Mike McCurdy is also Connect Transit board chair.
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