By: Diane Benjamin
Normal Mayor Chris Koos isn’t happy with Stan Nord for doing a video showing how far veterans have to travel to get to the VA Clinic if they ride the bus. See this story from yesterday: https://blnnews.com/2020/07/15/veterans-dishonored-by-connect-transit/
To Koos everything is political. Koos obviously has no intent of solving problems, this one has been on-going since before the clinic opened. Nobody coordinated construction with Connect Transit. The VA just assumed patients would be dropped at the door. WMDB did a story on July 31, 2019 about this issue. A year later nothing has changed. https://blnnews.com/2019/08/01/wmdb-story-on-the-vet-clinic-problems/
Koos posted this on Facebook:
Does Koos know what it takes to get a mobility ride, if the smaller bus shows up at all even with a reservation? https://www.connect-transit.com/riding/connectmobilityfaq.asp
Even more ridiculous is the cost to taxpayers since CT limits riders on mobility because of Covid:
The mayor has very few supporters on his own page
All of these comments are on the mayor’s page in response to his statement. I redacted all the names except Koos buddy Dave Shields. He is obviously as clueless as Chris. This has been an issue for a year and both would rather go after the messenger instead of solving the problem.
These comments are in a private group that re-posted the mayor’s comment:
This comment sums up what I’ve heard over and over. The cost has changed, but it doesn’t matter if the service isn’t reliable.