By: Diane Benjamin
Tonight Connect Transit’s Board will discuss ending some unprofitable routes. Sorry, they don’t mean all of them since NONE of the them are profitable. They just want to get rid of the worst ones. One would think Connect is trying to reduce the massive operating losses, sorry again – that would be a NO.
The Pantagraph quoted Mike McCurdy (WGLT and Bike Blono) concerning the routes proposed to be discontinued. McCurdy claimed they aren’t cost-effective. See link and excerpt below.
The article then states a ride costs on average $4 to produce. Connect charges $1 per ride with other cheaper options for passes available.
McCurdy doesn’t see the math problem everybody else sees. Theft from people with money to provide public transportation at massive losses can only be called immoral.
The packet states the YWCA has lost Federal funding for its Medivan. Connect Mobility will have more business at the expense of cutting other fixed routes. Connect has borrowed almost $3 million from capital accounts for operating funds. (See page 9)
Running out of other people money Connect?