Connect Transit GM proposes alternative for Olive Route riders

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NORMAL, Ill — The General Manager of Connect Transit, Isaac Thorne, is proposing a transportation solution for rider who currently use the Olive Route. Those riders would have to travel about half a mile to find a bus route once the Olive Route is discontinued on July 1.

“We are not a perfect transit system,” said Thorne. “We are a good transit system, and we are always seeking to become better.”

On Monday Isaac Thorne suggested a plan that would have the Pink Line pick up riders in the area of Orlando and Northbrook.

Thorne says the plan is cost-neutral.

“The pink route has extra dwell time,” said Thorne. “We will be able to run service to West Orlando every two hours.”

Thorne adds the board will also ask Bloomington and Normal councils to give connect more tax dollars to Connect Transit to avoid a series of tax hikes set to take effect in October.

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