Dangerous road conditions aren’t stopping Bloomington Transit from adding a new stop in the downtown area. However, this particular venue will set itself apart from all the rest.
Bloomington Transit officials, Mayor Mark Kruzan and Representative Baron Hill among locals gathered today to announce the acquisition of a new passenger transfer facility. The new venue will encompass one acre of land on Third and Walnut Streets and is expected to handle up to 15 buses at a time. Due to the spike in gas prices, Bloomington Transit General Manager Lew May said 2.8 million use his company’s transportation and estimates that number to reach 10 million in roughly a decade.
Lew May: “If we are going to reach that threshold of ridership, we’re going to need a modern, up-to-date, enhanced transit facility. And this site is going to give us the home that hopefully is going to serve as well for the next 20 to 25 years.”
Officials on capitol hill widely regard mass transportation as an important component for our nation to achieve energy independence. Indiana State Representative (D) Baron Hill said utilizing public transportation will help de-thrown the current energy crisis.
Baron Hill: “Bloomington, in my view, will be talked about in the halls of Congress as an example of what rural American can accomplish; as we move forward on legislation that creates different forms of mass transportation in this country.”