By: Diane Benjamin
See Part 1 here: https://blnnews.com/2016/11/30/connect-transit-lunacy-part-1/
See the Board packet here: November-22-2016-regular-board-packet
Below is a few items paid in September and October.
Remember, they knew by this time the State of Illinois was late paying them and they were in danger of running out of money.
How much did Connect Transit lose in September and October?
As I reported in Part 1, less than 3000 people a day ride the bus. Some of them ride for free because of the contract with LifeCIL to determine who is eligible: https://blnnews.com/2016/11/10/connect-transit-lifecil/
It gets better!
All that money they listed to offset the losses hasn’t been paid. As of October 31st:
A long string of people appeared before the Bloomington Council to complain about the service and new routes. Did they know Bloomington wasn’t paying what they promised? Is Bloomington out of money or just deadbeats? Bloomington was almost 4 months late in paying!
At the end of October, Connect showed they were owed:
Cash received from operations is less than $120,000 a month. With expenses of over $800,000 a month – yes they will be out of money by January 1st.
The packet has tons of other information including a statement about low gas prices.
Yes, low gas prices hurt Connect Transit, but they help every other sector of the economy. Connect Transit has yet to realize that low prices are here to stay. It’s way past time to change their operations model, if Illinois finds money to keep them operating they have no reason to change.
Local governments appoint representatives to the Connect Transit Board. WHO gets elected mayor in Bloomington and Normal can change the Board and provide some common sense.
It depends on what you are willing to do to get better representation elected.