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Bloomington-Normal public buses to limit number of riders

CONNECT-TRANSIT

BLOOMINGTON (WEEK) - Starting Saturday, only ten people at a time will be allowed to ride Connect Transit buses in Bloomington-Normal.

That's because the Twin-Cities transit system is noticing what it described as an "alarming trend." There's higher-than-expected ridership because of warmer weather and people just want to leave the house.

Connect Transit is limiting the number of passengers per bus to a maximum of 10.

When a bus reaches capacity, drivers will tell people left along the routes that so-called "paratransit" buses will pick them up.

"We are all in this together and we need customers to only use Connect for essential travel," said Connect Transit General Manager Isaac Thorne.

Non-essential traveling defies orders from the governor and local officials to stay home, and crowded buses violate social distancing guidelines.

Howard Packowitz

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