By: Diane Benjamin
Pantagraph story: https://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/connect-transit-to-buy-at-least-electric-buses-over-four/article_63972e20-636a-52ea-81d2-a56849c9cef2.html#tracking-source=home-top-story-2
So many things are wrong with what happened at the Connect Transit meeting, but start with the fake reporting:
Stan Nord wasn’t there!
Bloomington Alderman Donna Boelen did and she did ask the Board to wait until the Working Group was finished. Did a reporter even attend? Was stating Stan Nord said this some kind of attack on him? Was it to minimize the common sense of Donna Boelen?
Both deserve and explanation from the Pantagraph and both will never get it!
Meanwhile, everything the Pantagraph reports should be viewed as suspect.
In case somebody wakes up at the paper and decides to change the story, I screen shot it last night:
The rest of the meeting proves mental illness is rampant on the Connect Transit Board and with the General Manager.
The Board voted to buy electric buses even though a charge only lasts 200 miles and they weigh 2000 pounds more that the diesel buses. The roads don’t need to be fixed, Connect buses will just destroy them again.
200 miles on a charge is not enough for 6 of Connect’s route – per the article. The buses are coming from California, have they been tested when the temperature is below freezing? Will they still get 200 miles before needing charged?
The biggest mental health issue is what we are now told the purpose of the Working Group is. It isn’t to find a way to meet the needs of people with no other options.
This part isn’t in the Pantagraph article. The attendees were told the Working Group is studying only financial sustainability. In other words, their report will say they need to be their own taxing district. Prepare the tar, feathers, and pitchforks folks. Remember all those people who showed up at both Council meetings just wanting to be heard? The Working Group isn’t listening. Connect Transit isn’t buying fancy electric buses to serve them. The large new empty buses will not be able to navigate areas of both cities that are under served.
Connect Transit is discriminating against the poor and disabled in favor of subsidizing rides for people who can afford other options. Donna Boelen’s Ward 2, has no bus service. It was cut when routes were restructured. Connect doesn’t care.
The Working Group is a joke – by design. Meanwhile Connect Transit is on a spending spree claiming no local money is being used. They are installing showers and solar panels to charge their electric buses. Millions of your tax dollars are being flushed, just because it isn’t local money doesn’t mean it isn’t your money.
Who do we call for mental health exams?
Nobody, the Board was appointed by Koos and Renner, 2 guys who also need mental health treatment.
Meanwhile it appears the only ads Connect can sell on their buses is from local government entities. I wonder how much the BCPA paid for this:
The only way this nightmare will end is when locals show up to vote in 2021. Until then, nobody in authority will use common sense or listen to people who have it.