By: Diane Benjamin
Even though many of the Council people questioned Isaac Thorne of Connect Transit about the empty buses, he continued to claim at times they have 60+ boardings per hour on many routes. Below is when Mboka asked about it – just hit play. Thorne’s presentation and discussion starts at 11:15 if you want to hear all of it.
The reason he gave for only running large buses is parts. He thinks it’s more productive to run buses all the same size so parts are always available.
Proving government will tell you anything to justify waste, Connect has a grant for electric buses. They plan to buy 4 a year for the next 3 years. Obviously electric “parts” won’t work on the current buses, so the “we need parts on hand” theory is hogwash.
Part of the discussion last night revealed more people rode the bus when the Obama gas prices were over $3 per gallon. Ridership dropped along with the gas price. It seems likely those large buses are running in hopes the gas prices go much higher. The State of Illinois and the City want that too. Both will be taking more of your money only because they can. Fixing roads is just the cover story.
(See previous story – Bloomington’s 2014 Motor Fuel Tax did nothing to fix the roads https://blnnews.com/2019/02/19/forget-the-roads-unless-you-pay-more/ )