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Connect Transit bus riders board a bus on March 29, 2017, at the transfer center in front of the McLean County Law and Justice Center on Front Street in downtown Bloomington.


BLOOMINGTON — The state is stepping up to help Connect Transit plan a new transfer center in downtown Bloomington.

The Bloomington-Normal bus system will bring in a consultant to do a feasibility study on the proposed facility after receiving a $250,000 Illinois Department of Transportation grant to pay for it, officials announced Friday.

"The feasibility study will review candidate sites in downtown Bloomington for the future building of a transfer center" and include architectural and engineering work, according to a news release.

"The current on-street transfer center lacks amenities such as proper shelter and lighting at night. Shelters and benches have been in place for decades, and the transfer center causes vehicle congestion on Front Street."

Connect Transit officials hoped to partner with the Bloomington Public Library on a new library/transfer center facility at what's now the city's Market Street parking garage, but library officials opted to expand at their current site.

Isaac Thorne, Connect Transit's general manager, and Farnsworth Group representatives will present information on a possible downtown transfer center during a special Bloomington City Council meeting at 5 p.m. Monday at City Hall.

“We are grateful for both state Sen. Bill Brady and state Rep. Dan Brady (both Bloomington Republicans) in their support for this grant,” said Thorne in the release. "Conducting a feasibility study is the first step in a long process to eventually build a downtown transfer center.”

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