By: Diane Benjamin
Other items from Monday’s meeting could be covered, but I won’t! Links to all previous stories are here: https://blnnews.com/2020/07/08/story-6-normal-monday/
Isaac Thorne and Julie Hile made a presentation. Start with this screen shot:
Thorne proved Pritzker’s budget is a joke by relying on a $5 billion bailout from the Feds AND the citizens of Illinois being foolish enough to pass the Progressive Income Tax in November, if neither happen Connect will run out of money after using up reserves.
If you want to watch more, see the complete video below. This part is around 2:10:00.
How about those huge empty buses?
Karyn Smith asked – here is Isaac Thorne’s response. He claims they need the big buses for “peak times”. If anybody ever sees a bus even half full, please send a pic. (ISU campus doesn’t count, those kids would ride 2 blocks to go to the gym and work out)
One more clip. Stan Nord asked about the process for restoring service to areas not currently served. Both Issac Thorne and Pam Reece weighed in. They claim community input will be sought in the next 6 months, but they use “best practices” of the Federal Transportation Administration. So, we are expected to believe routes planned in Chicago and LA work everywhere across the country. Stan makes it clear at the end Connect Transit should be serving our citizens regardless of “best practices”.
The McLean County Regional Planning Commission will also weigh in on routes as reported earlier (https://blnnews.com/2020/07/02/connect-transit-what-electing-progressives-got-you/ ). Don’t forget Julie Hile’s company was also hired by them to study transportation: https://blnnews.com/2020/06/20/julie-hiles-contract/
The quest to build a downtown Bloomington transfer station continues. In 2018 Connect was planning to build a 6000-7500 square foot station: https://blnnews.com/2018/02/27/transfer-station-the-full-facts/
Below is a pick of a transfer station in St. Louis. They won’t be building this:
Complete meeting, Connect Transit starts at 1:57:15:
Of course Connect wants more of your money.