By: Diane Benjamin
I had the unfortunate experience of needing to drive around Bloomington today. I decided to actually look for the Connect Transit flags signifying a stop.
Head west on Lincoln from Veterans Parkway. There are so many flags a bus could probably idle between them!
The only one I saw that might be considered ADA compliant was at Myerling. All of the rest aren’t close to being accessible by someone with difficulty walking.
A lot of people ride the bus because they aren’t able to drive. If mobility issues make the bus a necessity they must have a safe place to get off the bus.
I only took one picture – from outside my car:
This is Prospect a block north of Washington. (This road didn’t rate resurfacing 😦 )
There is no sidewalk, so where are people suppose to disembark to? Cross the street to the sidewalk there? Why isn’t the flag across the street?
Connect Transit obviously only wants riders who don’t need special accommodation. People on fixed incomes can’t afford the small mobility buses for frequent use.
The purpose of public transportation in Bloomington-Normal isn’t the same as public transportation in Chicago. The first job of Connect Transit should be serving people without any other transportation.
Those people seem to be last on the list.
Thank WJBC and the Pantagraph for not doing stories. They had reporters present last Friday. https://blnnews.com/2019/05/26/if-the-media-doesnt-report-it-didnt-happen/
They heard the stories of people unable to ride the bus. They heard the stories of discontinued and changed routes. They heard the stories on fare increases. They heard the stories of being ignored by Issac Thorne and the Connect Transit Board.
The taxpayers of Bloomington-Normal have been forced to pay higher sales taxes to fund what Renner and Koos have created. You deserve to have a say in how public transportation operates. The people Renner and Koos have appointed to the Connect Transit Board represent the failed policies both support. Everybody deserves better than huge empty buses, solar panels, continuing violations of being ADA compliant.