By: Diane Benjamin
An addendum was posted to the meeting packet for yesterday with all the “data” normally reported: https://www.connect-transit.com/documents/Meetings/Packets/ADDENDUM.pdf
As reported in this story: https://blnnews.com/2019/10/21/connect-transit-data-mia/
paying customers for September was way down from previous months. The passenger reports were missing when I did that story, so that makes this information even more fascinating.
Below is what Connect reported in the addendum:
First note boardings are down from last year even though Mike McCurdy told the Normal Town Council that boardings are up after the route restructuring.
Second, boardings are higher than August. Since paying customers are lower, the increase can only be contract riders like ISU and Heartland students.
Third, the note below the graph says Redbird ridership was the majority of the decrease. Paying customers at $1 each was down around 13,500 based on revenue. Was Redbird really down when students only pay through tuition?
Does this prove Connect Transit mostly exists to transport college students at our expense and people who need public transit have given up trying to ride? More months of data are needed! I will be watching.