By: Diane Benjamin
If losing close to $10,000,000 a year isn’t enough, Connect Transit is now funding bike lights in Uptown. Of course, the Town of Normal is footing part of the bill too – along with bike safety checks. I’m sure Mayor “bike-shop-owner” Koos will participate too.
That’s not the lunacy however!
I can’t help noticing huge almost empty buses whenever I’m in town. The beasts used to drive through Walmart and Meijer and drop the few riders at the door.
Since the routes changed, so has where people are dropped off. This map is from the Connect Transit website: http://www.connect-transit.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=23208
I think I was following a red line bus last week. It stopped across the street south of Walmart (the one off Veterans). An elderly lady and gentleman – with a walker – got off. They stopped on the curb waiting for traffic to clear so they could cross to Walmart. Traffic is fairly heavy on that road – it was an accident waiting to happen and probably will in the future if all riders are forced to cross that street. It should be fun carrying groceries that far for the trip home! Brilliant move. Maybe it’s a secret plot to force bus people to shop every day since they can’t carry as much. More ridership – more fares!
The bus then turned south, pulled over to the right, and stopped across the street from Meijer. A lady got off the bus and attempted to cross the street in front of the bus – of course out in front of traffic! The traffic couldn’t see her and she couldn’t see the traffic with a huge bus in the way.
Does it take too long to drive people safely closer to the door?
How about at least in the parking lot!
Connect Transit buses don’t have stop signs like school buses. Vehicles don’t know whether to pass or wait for them to move. Are they camped at a bus stop waiting for riders or just taking a 15 second stop?
Customer service isn’t part of Connect Transit’s agenda. I hear the bus drivers were never consulted about routes. The elderly were expected to walk blocks to board a bus and now even further to reach their destination.
Connect Transit’s main purpose is to provide jobs and pensions for bureaucrats with your tax dollars.
If you ever want a job with them, make sure your Common Sense doesn’t show during the interview.