By: Diane Benjamin
The Board is meeting today. They will see another month of losing more than $1 million!
Connect spent a lot of money on consultants:
The below pays the Working Group consultant who didn’t finish the job – original cost $53,000 (This is the group where Chris Koos is on the Board of Directors of an off-shoot organization https://blnnews.com/2020/08/07/did-koos-con-the-connect-transit-working-group/ )
The Cardinal Infrastructure consulting monthly report is an addendum, fascinating reading about happenings in DC: https://www.connect-transit.com/documents/Meetings/Packets/Final%20AddendumConnect%20Transit%20Federal%20Update.pdf
Why does Connect have to advertise? People can’t see the huge empty buses all over town?
Advertising isn’t helping ridership:
PDF page 21 recaps ridership by route. Every route shows a decrease from last year, many dramatic.
With ridership down, how do they explain this one?
Fares are going to be suspended again until March 8, 2021 now. PDF page 23.
Even FREE can’t get people to ride!
Banks still cash checks with one signature even though they know 2 are required. Allowing more people access to checks sometimes doesn’t end well.
Smart Growth America original cost: https://www.wglt.org/post/connect-transit-board-modifies-pink-route-hires-facilitator#stream/0