By: Diane Benjamin
The CT Board held a meeting on 7/28/2020. No financial information was included in the packet because June was the end of their fiscal year.
That doesn’t mean other information wasn’t included in the packet: https://drive.google.com/file/d/13_-iBZ8DuPQ_3Or2S90fgHrWo9JhJ1Wf/view
PDF page 3 shows customers were down 13.6% for the year July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020. PDF page 2 shows June was down 25.7%.
PDF page 4 has a report from Cardinal Infrastructure, the paid consultant in DC. CT is using tax dollars to track what is happening in committees that has no chance of passing. Democrats are creating transportation plans to appease the “Green New Deal” radicals, the Senate will never pass it. This quote sums up what happened:
PDF page 4 – Democrats want to pay 90% of the cost for electric buses. (See how the debt got out of control?)
See PDF page 5. People living in towns across the country without public transportation would be forced to fund CT’s empty buses – under Democrat funding.
Same page – the Democrat HEROES Act is badly named (normal procedure like Affordable Care Act that isn’t affordable). $15.75 billion was provided for operating assistance grants, most of it going to large systems.
PDF page 8 – Fares suspended until September 8.
PDF page 7 – Connect can’t hire and train new drivers because of COVID restrictions. They expect problems if they return to Full-Service. Overtime is compensating for now.
PDF page 9 – More proof people across the state that will never ride a bus are forced to pay for Connect Transit:
The extensive documents submitted to the State of Illinois to obtain money are included. Both Bloomington and Normal will be paying more. Nothing will change until you change the people in charge of both.