By: Diane Benjamin
Virtually empty buses are still roaming the streets of Bloomington Normal, we all see them. If Connect Transit used the huge buses where needed and didn’t where they aren’t, they wouldn’t be losing close to a million every month and the infrastructure wouldn’t be destroyed by them.
Some transit systems have figured out a better way: https://www.govtech.com/fs/transit-leaders-praise-innovative-on-demand-programs
Rides on Connect Mobility buses have increased, but even those are big for going to on-demand. The article talks about partnering with taxi services, do they even still exist in town?
The article also talks about LA transit turning into a food delivery service, not unexpected for California. It isn’t government’s job to create dependency unless you are a democrat.
What Connect isn’t:
An “innovation culture” wouldn’t be running empty buses.
Connect Transit is not responding to change, that’s difficult to do when the same people get appointed to the board over and over and over.