By: Diane Benjamin
This is what Connect claims their mission is: https://www.connect-transit.com/about/mission.asp
Here’s what citizens think the mission is: Provide transportation to people that need the service.
From yesterday’s Press Release: https://blnnews.com/2019/05/17/idot-conspires-with-connect-transit/
Connect doesn’t agree:
Connect thinks “talent” will be attracted to buses. How do empty buses make the communities walkable, bikable, and welcoming?
Another questions: Why should taxpayers pay a $12 million a year subsidy, not including capital projects, so maybe “talent” will want to stay here?
Let’s say that “talent” gets a job making $50,000 a year. Taxpayers should pay their transportation when they can easily afford it themselves?
‘Talent is going to pick here instead of somewhere like Chicago because of buses?
Hello! Any Common sense on the Connect Transit Board?
Meanwhile, the people who can not afford or physically provide their own transportation are being ignored. Routes are cut and fee increases are hurting the very people Connect must help.
How much “talent” currently rides? Connect can’t even say how many bodies ride.
It gets better:
On March 19, 2012 the Normal Town Council amended the ordinance for the structure of Connect Transit. It was on the Omnibus Agenda so it wasn’t even discussed: Minutes: http://www.normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/791
What’s in it? Beginning on PDF page 139 https://www.normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/787
See PDF page 145:
Has either Council ever publicly discuss a Connect transit budget? Not in depth if they have at all.
That last paragraph looks like eliminating the Olive Route should have been submitted for approval! Isn’t that a major change?
How about fare increases? Didn’t the Connect Board just declare them instead of getting approval?
The citizens who are being completely ignored and not served by Connect Transit need to refer back to (f) (1) above.
Does anyone on either Council care about the people who need public transportation? Shouldn’t they be the mission first?
Chris Koos and Steve Stockton both signed the new structure. They put safeguards in for citizens. Now Koos and Renner need to enforce what was signed.