By: Diane Benjamin
Events all over Bloomington-Normal are cancelled because of the Wuhan Corona Virus. The BCPA cancelled shows through August 12th. Taxpayers are likely cheering that one, months of no money losing shows! Are the employees going to be laid off until then?
WEEK compiled a Bloomington list: https://week.com/2020/03/12/bloomington-shuts-down-bcpa-calls-off-arena-events-due-to-covid-19/
Connect Transit still transports people in a closed environment and then releases them to spread whatever they picked up on a bus. People can’t attend an outdoor parade for St. Patrick’s Day, but they can be exposed to a soup of germs on a bus?
Are the drivers wiping down the seats and hand rails after every ride? Are the drivers wearing masks to protect themselves? Would anybody ride the bus if the driver was wearing a mask?
How are older riders protected?
We know the virus is worse for seniors, should they be on a bus?
If Connect Transit didn’t have oversized buses cleaning them would be easier. Maybe riders should be restricted to specific areas so the drivers know where to clean instead of guessing which seat a rider used. Maybe the drivers should hand out Clorox wipes to every passenger.
Shouldn’t riders over 60 be banned for their protection? Is Connect Transit really doing everything they can to protect their customers? Should buses be a classified as a public hazard?
Since the ISU kids aren’t coming back right now, smaller buses could easily handle ridership. Maybe Connect should start calling Uber instead of contributing to spreading disease. Maybe Connect should reconsider a transfer station in downtown Bloomington. Will packing people together ever be a “best practice” again?
Never fear! Normal’s Mayor is on it: