December 1, 2016
Normal, IL - The State of Illinois Comptroller’s Office has paid Connect Transit its first quarter operating reimbursement for fiscal year 2017, allowing the agency to avoid shutdown and continue providing bus service to the citizens of Bloomington-Normal. The payment of $1.885 million covers the time period of July 2016 through September 2016 and is part of an almost $17.6 million transfer to the Downstate Public Transportation Fund. The transfer will complete fiscal year 2016 obligations and most first quarter obligations for downstate transit agencies.
State funding represents 65% of all operating expenses for the transit system. This first quarter payment is critical to keeping Connect Transit operating in the near-term. The second quarter is still unpaid and the third quarter is quickly approaching.
“We are grateful that the Illinois Comptroller was able to provide Connect Transit with its first quarter operating assistance payment. Our state legislators took an active interest in this funding problem and we are very appreciative of the efforts as they continue to support us as we deal with this issue. We remain optimistic that the state will be able to bring these payments up to date and keep public transit moving in Bloomington-Normal,” said Andrew Johnson, Connect Transit General Manager.
For more information on Connect Transit bus services, call Connect Transit at 828-9833 or log on at www.connect-transit.com.
A dedicated shuttle service will be offered for residents of the Shelbourne Apartments from November 14 - May 11. The service will run Monday through Thursday from 8:30pm - 10:30pm. The shuttle will pickup at the School Street Parking Garage, and will make a continuous loop to the Shelbourne Apartments. Signage will be placed at the School Street Garage as well as the Shelbourne Apartments to help riders identify the pickup locations.
A schedule of the service is listed below:
|School Street Garage||Shelbourne Apartments|
|8:30 pm||8:37 pm|
|8:45 pm||8:52 pm|
|9:00 pm||9:07 pm|
|9:15 pm||9:22 pm|
|9:30 pm||9:37 pm|
|9:45 pm||9:52 pm|
|10:00 pm||10:07 pm|
|10:15 pm||10:22 pm|
|10:30 pm||10:37 pm (END)|
The service will run on the following days for the reminder of the fall semester.
Nov 14-Nov 17
(No service during Thanksgiving Break.)
Nov 28-Dec 1
Dec 5-Dec 8
Dec 12-Dec 15
(No service during the semester break)
Academic parking permits are no longer available for sale online. If you need a parking permit for this year, please visit our office.
On August 15, Connect-Transit will launch a new mobile app which will replace the current DoubleMap app for real-time bus tracking. You can download the new app by searching Connect Transit in the App Store or Google Play.
The Office of Parking and Transportation is launching a pilot program to capture real time parking lot occupancy data. The program utilizes above ground sensors that detect the presence of a vehicle as it passes over the sensor. The sensors will then relay the occupancy data to an electronic sign which will be placed within the entrance of the garage. You will notice the sensors on the pavement of the School Street Garage entrances and exits once they are installed later this month. The technology being used captures only a count of vehicles within the lot at any given time of the day. The pilot is being conducted to allow the Office an opportunity to assess the functionality and reliability of the equipment. Should the pilot prove to be successful, the intent is to install the sensors in other parking garages and lots to better capture utilization data. Having real time parking occupancy data available will facilitate the Office’s work in identifying ways to enhance parking availability and customer service throughout campus.
Please contact the Office of Parking and Transportation at Parking@IllinoisState.edu or (309) 438-8391 if you have any questions.
In compliance with the State of Illinois' Smoke-Free Campus Act, Illinois State University will become smoke and tobacco-free on July 1st. With the enactment of this new law, smoking and tobacco use will be prohibited on all campus property, including buildings, grounds, parking lots, and vehicles that are owned or operated by a state-supported institution of higher education.
How does this act affect the campus transients? Smoking and tobacco use in private vehicles is allowed in unenclosed parking lots; however, smoking and tobacco use outside of vehicles in university owned or operated parking lots is prohibited. Parking garages are considered enclosed structures where smoking is prohibited.
A list of frequently asked questions regarding this act can be found by following the link below:
The Smoke-and Tobacco-Free Campus Act is available by following the link below:
Spring Semester Hours of Operation (August 22 - December 9):
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
South Garage closed on Sunday.
Hourly parking rates are $1/hr. Exiting after hours will result in a no charge exit.
A copy of the 2016-2017 Parking Rules and Regulations brochure can be downloaded here.
Curious how Illinois State University parking permit rates compare to other universities in Illinois? A cost comparison chart can be found here.