By: Diane Benjamin
The waste of valuable resources continued in March. The far right column is year-to-date, 3 months remain in their fiscal year. https://www.connect-transit.com/documents/April%20Connect%20Transit%20Board%20Packet%204-19.pdf
Nobody should be surprised by Mike McCurdy’s comments in the article below. He is not listening to the people. He was appointed by Chris Koos who also doesn’t listen to taxpayers. The only guy who is listening is John Bowman who represents Bloomington on the Board. His comments guarantee Tari Renner will replace him when his term ends June 30th.
See the fictional number of riders CT claims for March:
Since every rider who transfers to another bus is counted twice, Connect did not have 210,221 riders. Connect either can’t or won’t say exactly how many people ride.
All we can do is guess the number of riders from the fares collected:
Since $56,845 was collected for passenger fares at $1 per ride, 56,845 people paid for the entire month.
ISU lets not only students ride for free, faculty and staff do too. Students have it built into tuition. https://parking.illinoisstate.edu/campus_busing/redbird_ride/
The ISU and Other Contract Fares are likely less than $1 per ride, but let’s pretend both are $1. That would add another 57,907 riders. The means total riders would be 114,752 (56,845 + 57,907), nowhere near the 210,211 Connect wants you to believe rode.
31 days in March means 3,702 people per day. (114,752 / 31)
Most of the buses start service at 7:00 am. Some of the routes run until 3:00 am. https://www.connect-transit.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=23487
Connect has 14 routes
Since all the routes seem to end at different times, I’m going to use 9:00 pm. That means the buses run for 14 hours a day. 3702 people / 14 hours mean 264 per hour – divided by 14 routes = 18.86 per hour.
Compare that to what Connect reported for per hour passengers:
Of course Connect’s number includes people counted twice because they transferred buses.
There isn’t a big difference between my 19 people per hour and Connect’s 22.
See now why empty buses are littering the roads?
Using the only numbers Connect reports to estimate the real number of riders, it appears for March the actual number of riders was inflated by more than 80% by counting transfers twice. (114,752 vrs 210,211)
Year-to-date Bloomington has given Connect Transit $458,000.
Year-to-date Normal has given Connect Transit $292,500.
Besides fake ridership numbers and infrastructure destruction, what are both towns getting for their money?
Stops that aren’t where people need them, massive losses, and a Board of Trustees that isn’t listening to their customers.
Connect Transit has an entire page dedicated to opposing common sense. It explains why they use big buses and why ride-sharing won’t work. https://www.connect-transit.com/riding/connect_transit_faqs.asp
They are listening, but only to say why their opposition is wrong.
See PDF page 28. Connect will pay a consultant $78,800 over 3 years to do a Bus Stop Improvement Plan.
PDF page 55:
Budgeted 2020 revenue: $1,637,000
Budgeted 2020 expenses: $13,717,000
Budgeted loss: $12,080,000
PDF page 63:
PDF page 103
Julie Hile is an expert in the Delphi method – meaning she can easily fix public opinion to agree with pre-determined outcomes.
The results of this working group are already known, just not to the people Connect Transit serves. Hile will make them believe their opinions matter.
Search BlnNews.com for more on Hile. She has been in more than one story.