By: Diane Benjamin
News Flash: The working group is a joke. Connect Transit has no intention of serving the people who MUST ride the bus because the board is appointed by 2 mayors who think Bloomington-Normal is Chicago. Don’t forget Connect hired a firm for more than $50,000 to facilitate – they expect you to pay for it!
Want proof Connect doesn’t care?
Connect has a Request for Proposal out for Electric Buses! Big Ones
It’s obvious the huge empty buses are a waste of money. It’s obvious the huge buses destroy infrastructure. It’s obvious ridership could increase 50% and the buses would still be mostly empty.
Connect has no intention of buying buses that fit the number of riders. They have no intention of being able to drop people at the hospital door again. I hear these electric buses are even heavier than the ones they have now. Why fix the roads when the buses will destroy them?
Connect doesn’t care because the Board is doing the bidding of Koos and Renner. Obtaining smaller buses to navigate trailer parks, other formerly served neighborhoods, and tight corners is out of the question.
Electric buses cost more than diesel. Connect is going to install solar panels that won’t show a return on investment for decades. Of course, they aren’t using their money. They are getting free money! It’s still money that was stolen from you by government, but it’s free to them.
The working group was formed so those needing bus service would be pacified. Nothing will change except the local taxpayers will be forced to pay more for this nonsense.
Until Koos and Renner are gone, public transportation will continue to steal your money and not provide services to the people who need it.
Albuquerque New Mexico pulled all electric buses off their roads. The batteries will never last as long as the manufacturer says they will. Wait until winter drains those expensive batteries.
December 11, 2018
Albuquerque mayor Tim Keller announced that the City is taking legal action against BYD bus company. BYD was contracted by the city to build 60-foot, fully electric buses for the troubled Rapid Transit project.
“The short story is we’re taking BYD to court,” Kelly said. The city forced BYD to remove the buses from the city last week over a number of safety and battery-life issues. Keller said the city reached out to BYD in an attempt to settle the conflict through mediation, but the mayor said BYD “didn’t even call us back.”