Like most Indiana cities, Bloomington is arranged mostly on a rectangular grid. College Ave and Walnut St, a pair of one-way streets, form the main north-south thoroughfare through the central city, dividing the city into the east and west sides. The east side is centered around the main campus (Bloomington Campus) of Indiana University. The west side historically was the industrial part of town, with a number of factories churning out a variety of industrial products, from limestone blocks to elevators (Otis) to television sets (RCA).
While the university keeps growing, many of the industrial plants have now been closed, and the north-side railway running a few blocks west of Walnut St (Monon Railroad, later acquired by CSX) has been converted to a popular walking and bicycling trail (the B-Line Trail).
Bloomington is the county seat of Monroe County. As it is a much larger city than the county seats of nearby counties, it serves as the de facto employment, service, and shopping center for several adjacent counties as well.
- Indianapolis International Airport (IND IATA) is the nearest commercial airport to Bloomington, located about 50 miles away. Scheduled bus service between the airport and Bloomington is provided by the Bloomington Shuttle Service. The shuttle vans or buses depart the airport’s Ground Transportation Center every hour or every two hours (depending on the day of the week) from 6:40 AM until 10:40 PM. Tickets are priced at $23 one-way. The shuttles stop at the Indiana Memorial Union on the IU campus, as well as at a number of other locations on the IU campus and in the downtown area. Taxi fare from the airport to Bloomington is around $90.
- Monroe County Airport 972 S Kirby Rd, Bloomington, IN. +1 812-825-5406. All scheduled service to this airport, located a few miles southwest of the city, stopped in the early 1990s; it is only used by general aviation.