By: Diane Benjamin
Let’s look at Connect Transit a different way.
PDF page 22 claims in January Connect Transit had 204,683 fixed route passengers
PDF page 8 says passenger fares were $52,882.80. The only way to have 204,683 riders is to have 75% of all riders not paying – either Medicaid, ISU, Heartland, or other contract.
Total contract fares: 48,178 + 15132.51 = $63,310.51 (PDF page 8)
The number of fixed route riders was up from last year – a total of 22,442 rides.
The funny thing about Connect is the more riders they have the more money they lose – every ride is subsidized so it’s only common sense.
Back to PDF page 8: (January 2020)
PDF page 7: (January 2019)
With 22,442 fewer riders in January of 2019, Connect lost less money:
One more twist:
PDF page 22 says the fixed route buses traveled 109,532 miles in January to transport those 204,683 riders.
The buses ran for 9,015 hours so 204,683 people could ride. That amounts to an average of 22.7 people riding all the buses during any given hour.
The cost to taxpayers:
When does this become too ridiculous?
PDF page 8 shows the routes with riders per hour. Most don’t justify a huge bus. Of course Redbird Express has 3-5 times more boardings per hour than the others.
If you missed the Working Groups finding, see them here: https://www.connect-transit.com/documents/CTTF%20FINAL%20Recommendations.pdf