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Meeting on transit
Breanna Grow / WGLT

Almost 11 months ago to the day, Heidi Zimmerman spoke before the Connect Transit board of trustees, making a “desperate plea” that the board not increase rates for Connect Mobility riders.

Connect Transit bus
Connect Transit

Bloomington-Normal's transit agency is updating progress toward achieving 100% ADA compliance through a new interactive map on its website.

Transit buses
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Bloomington City Council members Donna Boelen and Jeff Crabill say they want to see specifics on how Connect Transit would spend possible increased funding from the city.

Transit meeting in progress
Breanna Grow / WGLT

The group tasked with generating a plan to address a funding gap that could render Connect Transit insolvent by 2026 has concluded its work.

Transit bus in Uptown
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

UPDATED 11:25 a.m. | The community panel tasked with helping Connect Transit secure financial sustainability will recommend soliciting a half-million dollar funding increase over two years from Bloomington and Normal to help address the service’s structural deficit.

Hovey Hall entrance
Illinois State University / Illinois State University

Illinois State University’s Board of Trustees has ratified a six-month extension of its agreement with Connect Transit to cover free bus access for students, faculty and staff.

Connect Transit bus stop on ISU campus
Eric Stock / WGLT

Illinois State University and Connect Transit have come to terms on a six-month agreement that would maintain universal access for ISU students, faculty and staff.

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Heartland Community College’s Board of Trustees will take up a six-month universal access contract with Connect Transit on Tuesday.

Bus in Uptown Normal
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Illinois State University students, faculty and staff are at risk of losing universal access to Connect Transit bus service starting in January.

State of Bloomington-Normal event
Eric Stock / WGLT

Government leaders in Bloomington-Normal will face some big issues in the new year. Some aren't unique to them, such as legal marijuana and the census, but others like public transportation and the Uptown underpass are.

Connect Transit
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The Illinois attorney general’s office is investigating a complaint related to Connect Transit and whether it’s violating state accessibility laws.

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The Connect Transit board is expected to delay a 25-cent fare increase that's scheduled for Jan. 1.

A woman in a wheel chair rides off a Connect Mobility bus
McLean County Regional Planning Commission

Several draft recommendations that emerged Saturday from the Connect to the Future working group mirrored suggestions in Connect Transit's Short Range Transit Plan (SRTP) prepared by regional planners to address changing needs for the next three to five years.

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As Normal begins to consider how it wants to approach the upcoming legalization of recreational marijuana, Town Council members hope to get public input from the business and law enforcement communities.

Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Some Bloomington-Normal community members are criticizing Connect Transit for purchasing electric buses. The transportation agency at the time said by using state and federal grants, the buses will be paid for with “no local funding.”

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The Connect Transit board Tuesday approved a contract to bring on four electric buses per year over the next three to four years.

Connect Transit Board Votes To Delay Fare Hike

Jul 23, 2019
Staff / WGLT

The Connect Transit board voted 4-0 Tuesday to delay a 25-cent per ride fare hike until Jan. 1.

The fare increase was supposed to start this month, but was delayed to Oct. 1. In an interview with WGLT, General Manager Isaac Thorne said a third delay allows the 'Connect to the Future Working Group' time to review the plan and Connect’s finances.

Chris Zimmerman speaks to the group
Breanna Grow / WGLT

Members of the Connect to the Future working group got acquainted with the group’s new facilitator Saturday morning at Uptown Station. It was their second meeting since Connect Transit board members announced the group’s creation in April to develop recommendations for the future of the agency’s service and funding.

Connect Transit buses
Staff / WGLT

Bloomington-Normal's bus system ended its budget year with a 9.2% increase in riders.

Transit bus in Uptown
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

The Connect Transit board on Tuesday approved changes to the Pink route that officials say will soften the blow when the Olive route is eliminated next week.

Connect Transit bus
Connect Transit

The Bloomington City Council has passed a wait-and-see resolution concerning Connect Transit and the recent public campaign to undo a route cut and fare increases.

Bloomington City Hall
Eric Stock / WGLT

Bloomington could soon be tipping its hand in how much its willing to help Connect Transit's on-demand service for elderly riders and those with disabilities.

Connect Transit bus in Uptown
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

UPDATED 7 a.m. | The Bloomington City Council doesn’t like Connect Transit’s planned fare increases, Olive route elimination, and board makeup. But it won’t reject the transit system’s budget as a way to force change.

Tari Renner at podium
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner said Tuesday he opposes a plan to reject Connect Transit’s budget, calling it the “nuclear option that might blow up in our face.”

Connect Transit bus in Uptown
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

A Bloomington City Council member said Monday he wants to reject Connect Transit’s budget in hopes of saving the Olive route and avoiding fare increases—a move that the transit system’s general manager says could add to the financial pressures that prompted those moves in the first place.

MCRPC presents to board on the dais
Breanna Grow / WGLT

After surveying Connect Transit riders, the McLean County Regional Planning Commission is recommending the agency focus on catering to those who rely on the service.

Speaker at a Normal council mtg
Breanna Grow / WGLT

The Normal Town Council unanimously approved new rules for public comment Monday night, but not without resistance from its newest members.

Breanna Grow / WGLT

Bloomington City Council members voted Tuesday to postpone any board and commission appointments until after they can have a public discussion about how those appointments are made.

People getting on a bus
Connect Transit

Downtown Bloomington is one step closer to a new transit transfer center.

Man at podium
Breanna Grow / WGLT

Citizens to Ensure Fair Transit asked Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner to appoint a Connect Mobility rider and a fixed route-reliant rider to the Connect Transit board.

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