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

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

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

Man at podium
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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.

Joni and Stan at table
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Following a public work session Saturday morning, Connect Transit's board has a better idea of what its new Connect to the Future working group should look like and what issues it should tackle.

Stan, Chemberly, and Kevin
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Normal Town Council member Stan Nord wasted no time bringing up one of his central campaign issues during his first council meeting.

Judy Buchanan and Julie Hile
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Members of the Connect Transit Board of Trustees got another earful from the public Tuesday over their recent fare increases and route cut, as the panel named a new group that will seeks ways to better serve its ridership.

Woman at transit rally
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After opponents of recent changes at Connect Transit rallied below Uptown Station Monday night, Township Supervisor Sarah Grammer and Normal Mayor Chris Koos said their call and response has fallen silent.

Chris Koos and Sarah Grammer
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Normal mayor Chris Koos has written a letter to Normal Township Supervisor Sarah Grammer accusing her of using "biased misleading rhetoric,"  and tearing down community partners as the latest step in an ongoing dispute over public transportation funding.

People at the public hearing
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A critic of Connect Transit's recently approved fare hikes and route changes claims the transportation agency deliberately ignored public feedback by not sharing it with the agency’s voting board.

Sarah Grammer smiles
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The mayors of Bloomington and Normal said Friday they have no plans to recall Connect Transit board members after Normal Township's supervisor accused the agency of withholding public comments which were critical of fare hikes and route changes before the board’s vote on Tuesday.

Connect Transit Board
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Connect Transit has approved higher fares to help pay for the transportation service, but will delay implementing them for three months to seek additional funding.

Connect Transit buses
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Economic developers in McLean County have created a wish list of four projects to seek federal funding.

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Connect Transit riders could soon be paying higher fares to take the bus.

Connect Transit buses
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As the federal government shutdown continues, Connect Transit is dipping into its reserves to continue operations.

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UPDATED 3 p.m. | Central Illinois transit and social service agencies say they hope the state will pull back from burdensome new requirements that some fear will prevent low-income and disabled patients from reaching their medical appointments.

Buses
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Children’s Home and Aid along with Connect Transit and various community organizations kick off the 16th annual Stuff The Bus event next week.

Main Street in Normal
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Editor’s note: This story is part of a special episode of GLT’s Sound Ideas focused entirely on autonomous driving. It aired Nov. 21. Read more stories in the series.

Government planners believe autonomous vehicles can reshape communities in ways we’ve never seen before. But the fledgling technology creates a challenge for those planners because driverless cars still pose far more questions than answers. 

Jane, Rodney, and Darin
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The federal government’s top mass transit official stopped in Bloomington on Friday to tout $12 million in grants won by Connect Transit and other Illinois agencies which she says will help chip away at the country’s aging fleet of buses.

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Bloomington Normal's bus system could have a downtown Bloomington transfer center in about five years.

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