By: Diane Benjamin
I found this article yesterday: U S Representatives Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Increase Funding For Small Community Transit Systems
Note: “Small community”. Tari Renner and Chris Koos don’t understand they are a SMALL Community, not Chicago.
Also Note: They are spending YOUR money.
Currently, the STIC provides funds to those communities with populations between 50,000 and 200,000, based on certain performance criteria. Such funds are already set to increase to 2 percent apportionment later this year, but U.S. Reps. Rodney Davis (R-IL), Greg Stanton (D-AZ), Steven Palazzo (R-MS) and Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) want to see that figure raised still higher, to 3 percent.
“The Small Transit Intensive Cities Program (STIC), which rewards high performing small transit systems, has been incredibly successful over the years and we’ve seen the program grow from 77 eligible communities when it was first authorized to 124 as of 2017,” Davis said. “I have four prime examples of cities in my district that have benefited from this program, including Bloomington-Normal, Champaign-Urbana, Springfield, and Decatur. Our bipartisan bill ensures funding for this program is keeping up with demand so we can continue to help successful, small transit systems like these make investments to improve efficiency and service.”
Obviously Rodney Davis gets his information from Connect Transit, Tari Renner, and Chris Koos. He doesn’t understand Connect Transit is not serving the people who NEED to ride the bus. The majority of people locally will never ride a bus and will not be bullied into riding a bus. The huge buses are a waste of valuable resources and your tax dollars. Meanwhile people who require transportation can’t get it.
The article is on a site called Transportation Today – Driving discussion on transportation and infrastructure.
Rodney Davis needs to know the facts, he obviously doesn’t know them:
On his website: https://rodneydavis.house.gov/contact/
DC Phone: (202) 225-2371
Decatur Phone: (217) 791-6224