By: Diane Benjamin
Every dollar Connect Transit spends is grant money. Where does that GRANT money come form?
Tax dollars – YOU.
They spent $1,715,000 on solar panels and charging infrastructure in preparation for electric buses. https://blnnews.com/2020/12/01/more-connect-transit/
Last month Connect ordered their first 4 electric buses: PDF page 26 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Yp2A-6qp7zjhmjc2XVjk9RPUrY9-yDxx/view
That brings the total that will be spent to a little over $6.1 million. Of course they already lose around $1 million a MONTH in addition to this.
I wrote at least a year ago about the problems with electric buses. Here’s a new story from 2 days ago: https://www.americanexperiment.org/2021/03/metro-transit-pulls-the-plug-on-electric-vehicle-experiment/?fbclid=IwAR0rCydgCOdZD1qXGfZtzA15Tpq13daiP1EVexGCM1rJZWGKQ_juq0BA6P4
A report in the Minneapolis Star Tribune today indicates that Metro Transit is pulling the plug on its electric vehicle ambitions:
In late 2018, Metro Transit unveiled an ambitious plan to add electric buses to its fleet — a clean alternative that was cheered by environmental and social justice groups.
The idea was to stop buying buses by 2022 powered by diesel fuel.
Since then, the transit agency has deployed just eight electric buses. And a proposal to spend $122 million for 143 new biodiesel buses will be considered by the Metropolitan Council next week. The deal represents about 15% of Metro Transit’s fleet of 900 buses.
Metro Transit’s retreat from electric buses was foreseeable.
Reports of problems with the C Line electric buses were detailed here in 2019, and on Tuesday, the electric chargers overheated, resulting in all eight buses being sidelined.
In addition to charging problems, we outlined how electric buses are much more expensive compared to their diesel counterparts. An electric bus costs around $1.2 million, while a diesel bus sells for about $748,000. We also questioned how useful electric buses would be compared to their diesel rivals because electric vehicles lose 40 percent of their charge operating with the heater on in cold weather.
(Buying a Rivian?)
Metro Transit said it wasn’t entirely closing the door on new electric buses in the future to serve shorter routes, but Metro Transit’s decision shows the technology it not yet ready for prime time.
Connect Transit will go forward regardless of the facts. They have no problem charging taxpayers exorbitant rates to transport people. In January one ride on their small buses cost them $76.77. The rides were free for those on the bus. https://blnnews.com/2021/02/25/since-mark-peterson-connect-is-even-worse/
This proves why government is incapable of being responsible, they aren’t spending their money. Socialism fails every time it is tried but Federal, State, and Local governments keep handing them money anyway.
Elect people who believe in limited government to end this nonsense.