By: Diane Benjamin
This month’s Connect Transit Board meeting was moved from October 25th to October 17th. NO financial information is available in the Board Packet. Normally the packet shows income and expenses for the previous month.
Keep in mind, Connect Transit is claiming they will shut down on January 1st because the State hasn’t paid them. Since the packet doesn’t have the usual information, we don’t know how bad the September loss was and how much was spent on travel and other expenses that could have been deferred.
The meeting was moved ahead 8 days for two reasons: 1) Show some proposed new routes (2) Pass a resolution.
The resolution demands payment from the State of Illinois. Illinois must have a secret money printing press somewhere.
Illinois ran out of other people’s money a long time ago. Not making Connect Transit’s September financials available should be an issue since that means the last information available is from August.
Tomorrow night there is a meeting to discuss funding problems: http://www.connect-transit.com/news/displaynews.asp?NewsID=307&TargetID=1,2,3,7,8,6,11,12,13,14,5,15,16,4,17,18,19
This meeting is designed to provide a convenient forum for all members of the community to share feedback and conversation about the future of Connect Transit services due to state budget issues and the lack of funding for public transportation. This meeting will take place Thursday, October 27 from 6:00pm until 8:00pm in the Normal City Council Chambers at Uptown Station, 11 Uptown Circle, Normal
Maybe somebody should ask why people across the State should pay for Bloomington-Normal Transportation. Maybe somebody should ask why huge empty buses are roaming the streets instead of a more proper size. Maybe somebody should ask why September financial information isn’t available. Maybe somebody should ask why sane people budget a $12,000,000+ operating loss and think that’s sustainable.
Below is the resolution:
This is a link to the packet as posted – without any operating information: http://www.connect-transit.com/documents/October%2017,%202016%20Regular%20Board%20Meeting%20Binder1.pdf
According to Connect transit, if bus service doesn’t exist people will sit in their homes completely helpless.
American ingenuity must have been beat out of them. Riders will be incapable of finding alternate transportation.
Welcome to self-imposed government slavery!
Connect Transit Vice Chairman Mike McCurdy is also the President of Bike Blono. http://bikeblono.org/board/
His bio on the link above claims he has a passion for “sustainable transportation”.
(you can stop laughing now)
Why isn’t Mike collecting bikes and giving them away? Not sustainable?