Connect Transit will hold several public hearings in the coming months as plans continue on route changes sometime next year. (Connect Transit Facebook page)
By Zach Dietmeier
BLOOMINGTON - Opportunities are coming soon for making your public transit opinions known.
Connect Transit is gathering public opinion on proposed route restructuring in 2013. According to general manager Andrew Johnson, the next steps include holding listening sessions and open houses to generate more communication with the community.
"It's an outreach effort on our part," said Johnson. "We want more people to come out to the public hearings so we can hear from all members of our ridership."
Johnson said changes won't be coming until at least January and a schedule of public events will be released in the coming weeks. He recognizes safety, infrastructure, and disability concerns and adds that all factors will be considered for any restructuring.
"The biggest thing making sure we're hearing from those groups and hearing what they want and what they need from public transit," said Johnson. "There have been a few things coming from this discussion that we have not heard before. We are taking all of the comments very seriously and seeing how we can make things better and more effective for our riders."
Johnson said the listening sessions aren't designed for hearing new proposals.
"They're more just to find out more of the basics in wants and needs," said Johnson. "After we've heard all suggestions, we'll start recrafting our proposal."
No direct timetable on route changes has been set.
Zach Dietmeier can be reached at email@example.com.