By: Diane Benjamin
Connect must be having a difficult time hiring a new General Manager. They are meeting again today in Executive Session to discuss “personnel matters”.
Remember the corner by Portillos the buses can’t navigate? A reader received the email below from MARCH stating CT had contacted the Town of Normal for solutions:
Nothing has changed, the same citizens took this video a couple days ago:
Biden’s infrastructure plan to spend $2.25 trillion likely won’t pass, but CT included this report in their recent packet: https://www.connect-transit.com/documents/Meetings/ADDENDUM%20TO%20AGENDA%20%2004-27-2021%20REV.pdf
Proposed spending excerpt:
First thing to notice is actual infrastructure isn’t the focus. Forcing us to buy electric vehicles is. There is nothing in the plan for generating more electricity however.
Connect’s last meeting was held on April 27: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1GCvgxc-6AubADvbMvrNzsP_Oh1lAlVI0/view
The operating loss was $933,417 for the month of March.
Every ride cost $5.69.
Every mobility ride cost $46.93
Riders in March totaled 138,053 compared to 143,069 in March of 2020.
Mobility riders totaled 5,049 compared to 4,754 in March of 2020.
Next year’s budget has planned revenue and losses of $15,000,000. See PDF page 37.
Expect tears, riders are going to have to start paying fares again in June.