By: Diane Benjamin
The number of riders in Champaign-Urbana has been declining since 2012 – see PDF page 17 https://www.cumtd.com/about-us/getfile/?fileid=7773
Below is the March snapshot – note they have MANY more riders than Bloomington-Normal, but note who they are:
See PDF page 53 – they transport kids to and from school.
Connect Transit has the same fiscal year. Through March they had a total of 1,726,212 riders, while C-U had 9,704,449. https://blnnews.com/2017/04/25/2-people-on-a-bus/
Unlike Connect Transit who publishes clear statements showing how much the lose every month, these guys don’t.
The chart below has their 9 month numbers – I put them in a spread sheet to get totals:
Many more riders made them lose even more than here!
Their budget document doesn’t have totals, but they are planning on receiving $36,000,000 from IDOT: PDF page 6 https://www.cumtd.com/about-us/getfile/?fileid=7677
Connect Transit only budgeted a $12 million loss before subsidies! Obviously C-U is budgeting a MUCH bigger loss!
Go back to the story from yesterday: https://blnnews.com/2017/04/27/i-dont-make-this-stuff-up/
If you clicked on the story linked in the article, the first paragraph says this:
Fifty-three years ago, the transit industry was mostly private and earned a net profit. Today, it’s almost entirely publicly owned, and subsidies have grown out of control. It’s time to take a stand and say all transportation subsidies are bad, but transit subsidies are the worst.
Understand Limited Government yet?
How many people in Champaign-Urbana know this? I’d say about as many as knew about Connect Transit before I started reporting.