By: Diane Benjamin
From July 2016 through May 2017 they lost $9,428,569 (PDF Page 8 https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4zAZemF_qQuZzVIekJtLTVTN28/view )
May 2017 ridership was up over last year, but year to date is still behind and they are way behind projections – See PDF page 11.
Are rides up because Bloomington-Normal now has more poor people who can’t afford cars? Are they up because people don’t want to risk damaging their cars on the pothole-filled roads?
A total of 2,157,583 people have ridden year-to-date. Total expenses year-to-date are $10,708,668. That means the cost for each ride was almost $5.
Total Revenue to date is $1,280,100. That means each ride generated $.59.
Obviously Connect Transit is merely a way to redistribute wealth. Add food stamps, housing subsidies, Earned Income Tax Credits, Obama phones, and Medicaid – nobody is helping poor people. They are making sure they STAY poor. Handouts make it useless to work hard so you can determine your own future. It’s much easier to not be a contributing member of society.
Ben Franklin was right:
I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion about the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it.
and this one:
The U. S. Constitution doesn’t guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.
Worse, Connect Transit must not have employees who know how to run the organization. They require Consultants.
Can somebody FOIA the details?