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Approved Transportation Plan Heads Back to Plan Commission

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The City of Bloomington is moving forward with a citywide transportation plan. (WFIU/WTIU News)

The Bloomington City Council approved dozens of amendments to the city’s proposed transportation plan during Wednesday night’s meeting.

Prior to the meeting, council members added 45 amendments to the plan. They focused on pedestrians, improving transit, public engagement and climate change.

They also took up amendments that clarify language about street redesigns versus building new streets. Those changes aim to ensure existing streets will be exempt from the plan’s goals for wider roads in the city.

City of Bloomington Planning Services Manager Beth Rosenbarger says the city approves of the changes made by council.

“Staff was overwhelmingly supportive of a majority of the amendments by far,” Rosenbarger says.

She says most of the amendments were part of the consent agenda, which means the council didn’t review each one during the meeting.  

Rosenbarger says the proposal is an attempt to create a more comprehensive transportation plan for the city, instead of attacking each element of transportation individually.

 “We’re trying as a community to look more holistically at transportation instead of separating them out and having one plan for driving, one plan for walking and biking separately,” she says.

Rosenbarger says the plan now goes back to the Bloomington Plan Commission for a final approval.

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