By: Diane Benjamin
It should be more than obvious that Connect Transit is not meeting the needs of people who MUST have public transportation.
- Buses that are too big to run in places formerly served – mobile home parks, neighborhoods with narrow streets
- cutting routes and increasing fares
- political appointments to the Connect Transit Board with no representation from riders who rely on the service
- Empty buses
The latest rumor has Tari Renner planning to appoint Amelia Buragas and/or Justin Boyd to be Bloomington’s representatives on the CT Board. Both were on the downtown task force and both would push ahead with a downtown transfer station instead of providing essential services to the people who need it. Both are Renner buddies hell-bent on downtown revitalization without regard for what citizens want.
You probably missed Scott Black’s comments about the local transit system at last Monday’s Council meeting. Both cities would force people to ride the bus – if they could. They think they won’t have to spend as much on roads if more people rode. They are ignoring more obvious – the huge buses are destroying infrastructure. Scott thinks the City can’t afford more cars. Not a problem Scott, people are fleeing Illinois and Bloomington-Normal. Figured out why Scott?
Black goes on to say “free rides” needs to be explored so more people will ride and therefore save money on roads in the future. Buses evidently won’t need roads, or maybe the plan is “buses only” lanes.
Roads are an essential service government must provide. Not listening to citizens is why last April the “preferred” candidates lost in Normal. Keep ignoring citizens and the current representatives in Bloomington will be replaced too.
The vast majority of people will never ride the bus. It’s inconvenient, time consuming, and unproductive. Connect Transit should be meeting the needs of people who are forced to need their service. It isn’t an engine of economic development. A downtown transfer station will not revitalize downtown anymore than the Coliseum and the BCPA did.
If you use Facebook, Like the page: Citizens to Ensure Fair Transit.
The people on this page are the actual users and people standing up for them. They have tried talking to Connect Transit. They have tried talking to both City Councils. If Renner makes political appointments he will prove his ideology is more important to him than serving citizens. These people will not be happy they have been ignored yet again.
Just hit play to hear Black’s comments: