By: Diane Benjamin
According to Renner’s interview this morning on WJBC he has been plotting since December to appoint Amelia Buragas and Justin Boyd to the Connect Transit Board.
He wants two people who know economic development and have experience spending millions of dollars. (his words) Keep in mind, Amelia wanted to tear down a parking garage and move the library.
Tari is obsessed with a downtown transfer station. Why did Connect Transit leave downtown and build on the west side? Yes their building needed replaced, but why didn’t they stay downtown?
Renner said nothing about serving the people who are forced to ride the bus, except he supports expanding the Board so he can appoint more people. Of course those representing riders will be out-voted by the elites appointed from both cities.
The members of the City Councils are the only ones who can make Connect Transit accountable. The empty buses, route changes, deleted routes, and fare increases are not serving the people who must be served by Public Transit. Somebody needs to listen to the riders and those unable to use the buses because of the policies of the CT Board. They should also talk to current employees. They know the real story.
The current appointees are under the misguided impression they can force people to ride. They think people will give up their cars to ride the fancy huge buses. It isn’t going to happen. Buragas and Boyd will be more of the same.
Taxpayers deserve a Board dedicated to serving the poor and handicapped residents who haven’t been a priority in recent years. Both Councils need to listen to these people and appoint representatives without a Chicago agenda.
Bloomington-Normal isn’t Chicago. Public Transit here can not be compared to there.
Let’s see who is up to the job!