See two stories added at the bottom.
By: Diane Benjamin
There was no March Connect Transit meeting, so stats aren’t available for February. Reports showing revenue and expenses for the month weren’t issued either.
This statement is on their website: https://www.connect-transit.com/news
I FOIA’d ridership for 2 weeks. The numbers show this happening on a few routes, the negative numbers show the increased ridership for the week:
This statement was included in one of the FOIA’s:
In January 2020 Connect reported 212,194 riders. Being off up to 5% means being off up to 10,610 riders.
Either riders pay to ride or they scan a card. How is that possible?
Below is one more chart to estimate how much ridership has decreased. The first three columns are actual numbers received by FOIA. Doubling those numbers estimate ridership for March. Comparing those totals to actual January ridership shows a decrease of well over 50%.
ISU announced extending spring break on March 11. Connect reduced routes starting 3/25: https://www.connect-transit.com/news/reduced routess
Since Connect Transit suspended fares until April 14th, how are riders being counted? Maybe they aren’t? If reports are ever issued – they will tell that story.
At least one city in California has shut down transit: https://abc7.com/city-of-carson-suspended-transit-service-prevent-spread-covid-19/6071422/
A city in Indiana has switched to call in service only: https://www.washtimesherald.com/news/city-transit-moves-to-call-in-service-only-starting-monday/article_275230aa-74eb-11ea-8489-db605107b9f3.html