By: Diane Benjamin
From Connect Transit’s October report: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1anF4rCMlP7zqbGQ3vM1EE6PhNz-FaJ9x/view
PDF page 14
Those 225,646 generated less than $100,000. The first chart only reflects Fixed Routes, not Connect Mobility.
Of course there is more to the story:
See this link for October 2016: PDF page 20 https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4zAZemF_qQuZEhveVl3aVMzakE/view
Total Operating Revenue with fewer riders was higher: $117,770.50. Other Contract Fees and Advertising were both much higher.
But, why quibble with numbers when 23.71 people board per hour!
(PDF page 11)
Revenues don’t come close to covering salaries:
PDF page 7
Of course that’s before health insurance, Social Security and Medicare, and pensions.
Our government is operating on feelings.
They feel stealing $12 Million a year from the people who worked hard for it is justified. Common Sense has no place.
Or maybe votes are just being bought with your money.
Side note: The newspaper reported Connect is going to tear down their old buildings. The City of Bloomington will jump on the property to prevent anybody else from buying it. (Like anybody cares)
They neglected to say anything about the operating losses. Maybe that’s why LEE Enterprises stock price is $2.38 today. In 2004 it was $49.00. Google “stock price LEE”. A press release says they serve 55 markets in 22 states. Daily circulation is .9 million, on Sunday it’s 1.2 million. See the Press release HERE
(I’m thinking my circulation is higher than theirs!)