By: Diane Benjamin
Bloomington’s mayor is having a bad couple of weeks. Tari was on WJBC this morning talking about his Clarence Thomas comment, of course social media is to blame. The WJBC reporter who was at the meeting asked Tari for a comment but he refused. Howard Packowitz should have included it in a story. If I remember right, neither WJBC or the Pantagraph did stories on that meeting even though both had reporters there.
Connect Transit took up most of the interview. Tari is not going to attempt to appoint Amelia Buragas and Justin Boyd because he claims the Council will not vote to appoint them. He also claimed the current board members will just keep serving. Tari has no plans to comprise by appointing a representative Citizens to Ensure Fair Transit would agree with.
The host, Scott Miller, wants the problems solved instead of hearing about Connect Transit over and over and over. Katherine Murphy mentioned the huge buses with 2-3 people on them. Tari doesn’t care. He thinks companies will move here because of the great transit system. He claims the City has a 10-year plan to make all stops ADA compliant.
(Insert your own joke.)
Here’s something maybe Tari can understand:
Connect Transit isn’t the “Right Fit” for Blm-Normal
We aren’t Chicago. Mass numbers of people will never ride the bus. The current routes, bus sizes, and fare increases are not serving the people who MUST use the bus. The Connect Transit Board is promoting the massive waste of taxpayer dollars!
The inflated numbers of riders are beyond ridiculous. People aren’t blind, the buses are empty.
Tari claims Armageddon will occur if the Council doesn’t approve Connect’s budget. Normal has a meeting on Monday, how about they reject Connect’s budget – then you have two weeks to fix it.
If Tari Renner and Chris Koos cared about fiscal responsibility and providing services the people need and want, Connect Transit wouldn’t be an issue.
They don’t – so say hello to solar panels and huge electric buses.
I hope there is a podcast. I will add it if there is.