By: Diane Benjamin
I’ve done numerous stories about Connect Transit buses destroying the infrastructure at the north west corner of Portillos. It is impossible for the huge buses to make that turn without running over the curb and sidewalk. That of course crushes the concrete. The corner has been fixed but the bus route was never changed so the destruction continues.
This is what the corner looked like shortly after Portillos opened, a bus had quickly destroyed it. That was in 2017.
The video below was filmed yesterday by Doug Fansler, a Normal resident who is tired of paying for repairs over and over just to have a bus destroy it.
If you thought government worked for you, this is proof it doesn’t. Normal appoints representatives to the Connect Transit Board. Since the bus route hasn’t been changed to avoid this corner, your Normal government doesn’t care how many times taxpayers have to pay to fix it. Is changing the route too difficult? Is a turn lane too difficult to install so buses can navigate it? It’s only been 4 years, too busy to solve an eyesore?
Connect Transit runs huge empty buses that can’t navigate neighborhoods where routes used to exist. The consultant who created the route had no common sense. Failure by the Town of Normal to find a permanent fix sends an obvious message: Our agenda is more important than your repair costs.