Connect Transit only LOST $812,117

By:  Diane Benjamin

The August Connect Transit report has been posted.  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4zAZemF_qQuOUc3ckRxVGZfUWM/view

Celebrate now – Connect Transit had a company picnic – and it only cost you:

picnicSee PDF page 2:

Last August Connect had 216,299 riders.

This August Connect has 175,700 riders.

Last August an average of 28.8 people per hour boarded a bus.  (Yes, that’s the total for EVERY bus)

This August an average of 20.0 people per hour boarded a bus.

Things are really looking up now that people who can barely walk have to travel long distances to a bus stop – only to get dropped off across a busy street from their destination.

More Government working for you!

See page 8 for the August loss:

augctSend US Congressman Darin Lahood a thank-you card for the fleecing.  https://blnnews.com/2016/08/23/progressives-connect-transitlahood/

Next thank Bloomington and Normal for getting on board with funding picnics, consultants, and the bureaucrats totally unresponsive to riders and the citizens paying the bills.

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Comments

  1. Doug Kinzinger says:

    Last time I checked company outings and picnics get put on the back burner when profit is down (and a deficit is in play). At least that’s how businesses operate.

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  2. Sounds like you are just butt-hurt you didn’t get invited to a picnic. So what if a company gives back to their employees with a picnic once in a while? You act like they all got brand new cars instead of hotdogs. Aren’t there more important things to worry about than a company hosting an employee picnic?

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  3. I really don’t have a problem with an employee picnic. What I have a problem with is this entity running these huge buses that are expensive to buy, maintain, fuel, etc. It is if they are in the business to burn taxpayer money and keep the bus manufacturers in business. I wonder many layers of management are present and what are they being paid plus benefits. I see a need for public transportation but not at this expense but it goes on here as well as in other cities.

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  4. Jerry Gilbert says:

    AND WE WONDER WHY OUR STATE IS BROKE!!!!!! WOW!!!!!
    IT’S O.K. THOUGH – IT’S THE GOVERNMENT’S MONEY!!!! OH WAIT A MINUTE – WE ARE SUPPOSED TO PAY THESE BILLS?????? IS IT JUST ME OR ARE THESE PEOPLE IN CHARGE SMOKING SOMETHING??? I LIKE HELPING PEOPLE THAT ARE REALLY IN NEED, BUT THIS IS NUTS!!!
    I WANT TO OPT OUT!!!!

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  5. It’s utterly shocking to me that the amount of money they lost was almost equal to the subsidies they received. Just kidding. I’m not surprised at all. If their subsidies were cut they would find ways to save money. Maybe not having ridiculously oversized busses would be a start.

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  6. One thing I see different than what my parents saw in their work lifetime is that they weren’t being taxed to death so to speak. I cannot believe what percentage of my earnings go to the government.

    I was in Schnucks last week and picked up a Caesar salad pre-made in the deli. It was something like $6.xx and when I paid for it it was almost a dollar more. I wish had kept the receipt to give the exact amounts. When I looked almost $1 was added on for taxes. I see this tax named TX-PFD and say to myself what is that. A google search turns up a Bloomington tax called “Prepared Food and Beverage Tax”.

    The truth is our government is taxing us to death with about every conceivable means to get their hands on our money. If you have a land line phone and when you see a page half full of various taxes what does that tell you. Holy cow it’s getting about the same with a grocery receipt, TAX-HI, TAX-LO, TAX-PFD….. They nickel and dime us to take it and then redistribute it.

    I’m not sure who can put a stop to this. I know the Koch brothers are big proponents of controlling the federal government by the states. That’s why they have been pushing for more Republican control of the states. I know a lot of people don’t like them but if you read more about what they are striving for it makes sense.

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  7. sticky bean says:

    For every one thing the Koch brothers do that looks good, certainly there are 10 things that stink like hell. The Koch brothers do not deserve any of our love. They are a big part of the establishment and whatever makes them richer than their wildest dreams is more important than any of us little people.

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  8. Heading to work this morning, I saw the “Red” bus coming from around OSF hospital. Zero people riding the bus this morning at 7 AM, which would appear to be a “prime time” for people to get to work. It still appears cheaper to provide people with Uber/Lyft credits for some routes. I can understand some busses around campus are used more frequently when classes are in session, but why not get smaller shuttle busses to run around town? Wouldn’t that save a lot of money?

    It would be a lot easier to fix more streets – help fund that $8 million dollar a year request they asked for – if they weren’t subsidizing over $500k per year.

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  9. The Left’s fanatic hatred for the liberty that cars (private transportation) allow will always, ALWAYS cause them to blindly support “public transportation”or “mass transit”. It doesn’t matter one bit how corrupt or outrageously expensive those systems are. That is just the way it is. It is the price we pay for living in an increasingly Socialistic country dominated by a welfare state mentality.

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  10. I don’t think CT actually counts rider but rather boardings. Assuming riders make round trips, the reported number of riders would be at least half–not figuring in transfers.

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