By: Diane Benjamin
It should come as no surprise by now the Title of this story is how much Connect Transit lost in just the month of April.
Let that sink in for a minute.
April had 30 days. That means the empty buses were burning $29,973 in tax dollars EVERY DAY in April.
Connect had revenue for April of a whooping $114,136. The cost of health insurance for the employees was $103,590.
The year to date fiscal year loss (9 months) is $8,631,477.
Passengers per Hour:
(This isn’t the number of riders, it’s the number of boardings. If a rider needs to take 2 buses to get somewhere and back – that’s a total of FOUR for just one person.)
Employees get to choose between 3 plans: (PDF page 30)
According to PDF page 10, Connect Mobility (those small buses) cost between $26 and $30 per person. Of course riders don’t pay that much. The Board may finally penalize riders who are no-shows. Nothing happens unless a rider has 5 no-shows in one month. See PDF page 34, they get a warning letter.
If the rider has two months of 5 no shows, they can’t ride for 5 days.
Three months of 5 or more is 10 days of no riding. Four months is 15 days off. The penalties will continue to increase in 5 day increments, but can’t exceed 30 days.
This “punishment” sounds like sending a kid to their room with their smart phone, TV, and video gaming system.