By: Diane Benjamin
In April of 2018 Fixed Route Passengers per hour were 22.66. This April the total was 26.31 per hour.
More riders must mean higher losses:
The Operating Deficit for April of 2018 (fewer riders per hour) was only $865,139.24. April 2018 reports
In March 2019 the Operating Deficit was $878,211.21
Cash from passengers in March (with fewer Fixed Rate Passengers per hour – 22.3) totaled $56,845.16. March 2019 reports
Cash from passengers for April totaled $55,153.94 with more riders.
Fewer passengers per hour generated more cash!
Connect Mobility (the small buses) was down in April – 2.98 per hour. 2018 was 3.15.
I talked to a young women yesterday who needs to ride the bus. She can’t anymore. Routes don’t go where she needs them, she can’t get dropped off where she wants dropped off, and it wastes too much time. She also told me she has never been on a bus with more than 5 other people. She also knows the huge buses can not navigate the streets. They run over curbs and cross the center line frequently because they have to.
How to fix Connect Transit:
- Smaller buses
- Give riders the ability to signal when they want dropped off
- Stops must be ADA compliant, not on grass
- No downtown transfer station until all stops are ADA compliant, the current plan will take MANY years to achieve 100% compliance
- Quit paying out of town consultants to map routes
- Serve those who NEED the service first, not riders with other options
- Quit pretending people will give up cars for the bus
- Other ideas?
- Replace the current board members with people who understand the above
That last one will never happen because both mayors have a different agenda for Connect Transit. The appointees merely reflect Koos and Renner, not riders.
William F. Buckley said: “Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other points of view and are then shocked and offended when they discover there are other points of view.”