By: Diane Benjamin
Definitive proof the Connect Transit Connect to the Future working group is wasting their time comes from the words spoken by member and Connect Transit Board member Judy Buchanan. Agreeing at the last Board meeting to purchase 35 foot electric buses for the next 5 years confirms it.
Go back to the August 19, 2019 Bloomington City Council meeting. The Connect Transit General Manager Issac Thorne gave a glowing presentation before the Council got to ask questions.
Start by listening to the exchange between Donna Boelen and Issac Thorne at 1:37:19. Eventually Thorne admits they are going to buy the 35 foot electric buses.
At 1:43:45 Jeff Crabill asks if there are any limitation on what the Working Group can discuss, including the size of the buses. Judy Buchanan responds at 1:44. She claims the Working Group may make recommendations about the size.
Since Judy and the rest of the Board already voted to buy new buses for the next 5 years, it is immaterial what the Working Group says!
Conned again folks.
Chris Koos has refused to appoint a citizen to the empty Normal seat on the Connect Transit Board until the Working Group is done. Both Renner and Koos have their people in place on the Board now. This looks more like an attempt to jam through as much spending as possible before smarter people get elected. The Working Group recommendations will mean nothing. They will be led to recommend letting Connect tax you themselves.
The people that need bus service and have no alternative transportation will continue to be ignored. A lot of the tragedy that is Connect Transit lies with them.