Will Normal’s Council listen?

By: Diane Benjamin The information below was sent to the Normal Town Council a few days ago by a resident of Normal. It concerns the Town’s plans for the additional $.04 gas tax. “Before you spend $’s on bike paths, bike/road new construction or consider Connect Transit funding increases, watch this video.” “Bus corner extension […]

2 things you need to know

By: Diane Benjamin WGLT revealed why Mollie Ward was Renner’s pick to fill out the rest of Scott Black’s term: https://www.wglt.org/post/renner-tabs-fierce-advocate-west-bloomington-council-vacancy#stream/0 “Mollie Ward, left, of Not In Our Town, kicked off a vigil outside Bloomington City Hall in March of 2018 in a push for a welcoming city ordinance” Renner evidently wants the Council and […]

Connect Transit scores again!

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 […]

Bloomington Monday 10/12/20

By: Diane Benjamin I hope Jenn Carrillo isn’t too upset the Council is meeting on COLUMBUS DAY. Agenda – pretty light: We get to hear a rousing report adopting the International Building Codes. Hopefully it will be a shortened version of the last Committee of the Whole where it was first presented. Otherwise: While Illinois […]

Did Koos con the Connect Transit Working Group?

By:  Diane Benjamin Thanks to the Pantagraph for pointing out that Chris Koos serves on the Advisory Board of Transportation for America.  https://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/watch-now-normal-mayor-chris-koos-nominated-for-amtrak-board-of-directors/article_f7dc9015-4f0a-512f-9117-e35eb5af8b0e.html Who is Transportation for America? http://t4america.org/about/ Smart Growth America is the consultant who never finished what they were hired for with the Connect To The Future Working Group. Think back.  Many citizens […]

The Vets don’t agree with Connect Transit

By:  Diane Benjamin At last Monday’s Bloomington Council meeting Ryan Whitehouse, Connect Transit Board Chair, declared transportation to the Veterans Clinic isn’t a problem.  https://blnnews.com/2020/07/21/bloomington-met-too-last-night/ Veterans do not agree.  No one coordinated construction of the facility with Connect Transit, Bloomington should have made sure transportation would be adequate.  Economic Development must only  matter downtown. As […]

Bloomington met too last night

By:  Diane Benjamin The third Monday of the month is hell because both Councils meet.  Last night was over 4 hours I will never get back! Highlights from Bloomington: Yes folks, this is the spending plan for the next 20 years – for just water.  I don’t think the never used water tower was included […]

The final story for Normal Monday night – Connect Transit

By:  Diane Benjamin Other items from Monday’s meeting could be covered, but I won’t!  Links to all previous stories are here:  https://blnnews.com/2020/07/08/story-6-normal-monday/ Isaac Thorne and Julie Hile made a presentation.  Start with this screen shot: Thorne proved Pritzker’s budget is a joke by relying on a $5 billion bailout from the Feds AND the citizens […]

Connect Transit – what electing progressives got you

By:  Diane Benjamin Contract Transit met on 6/23/2020:  Meeting documentation Can supporters of Connect Transit explain why a system of empty buses with deficits that loses close to 1 MILLION every month is a valid use of taxpayer money?  Whatever they say can’t possibly justify this abomination that only gets worse with continued spending on […]

WOW! So close Connect Transit

By:  Diane Benjamin If only they had spent a little more on consulting and architects for bus stops, they could have made it to $1,000,000 lost in ONE MONTH: Cost per trip is now a whooping $9.26, last April it was $3.30. Cost for Connect Mobility is far worse:  $117.13 per rider.  Last year it […]

Progressive Julie Hile

By:  Diane Benjamin Ever feel like government is conspiring behind your back to force their agenda on you? They are! Julie Hile is a progressive.  She knows how you should live your life, your opinions are immaterial.  All progressives want to reshape daily life to whatever their vision is.  Hile has a long history of […]

April 6, 2021 and Connect Transit

By:  Diane Benjamin I’ve reported before that Justin Boyd will be running for something on the Bloomington City Council in less than a year. Boyd is best buds with Tari Renner.  Boyd was Tari’s campaign manager, appointed by Tari to the Downtown Task Force, appointed by Tari to the Planning Commission, helped collect signatures for […]

2 months of Connect Transit

By:  Diane Benjamin Since the Connect Transit Board failed to meet in March, at the April 28th meeting stats and financials for February and March were presented. April 2020 Board Meeting Packet Ridership was down since the college kids are mostly missing and businesses are closed: A graph like the above was not included in […]

Connect Transit Temporarily Reducing Service Beginning March 23rd

https://www.connect-transit.com/about/trustees/packet.asp Evidently nobody has to approve this: From the Connect Transit website: https://www.connect-transit.com/news/displaynews.asp?NewsID=392&TargetID=1,2,3,7,8,6,11,12,13,14,5,15,16,4,17,18,19 Starting Monday, March 23, 2020, Connect Transit will reduce weekday bus frequency to weekend levels. Connect will reduce service to be more in line with current ridership and it will provide flexibility in staffing and increased levels of bus and facility cleaning. […]

Why isn’t Connect Transit shut down?

By:  Diane Benjamin Events all over Bloomington-Normal are cancelled because of the Wuhan Corona Virus.  The BCPA cancelled shows through August 12th.  Taxpayers are likely cheering that one, months of no money losing shows!  Are the employees going to be laid off until then? WEEK compiled a Bloomington list:  https://week.com/2020/03/12/bloomington-shuts-down-bcpa-calls-off-arena-events-due-to-covid-19/ Connect Transit still transports people […]

The ridiculous cost of buses

By:  Diane Benjamin February packet:  https://www.connect-transit.com/documents/Februrary%202020%20CT%20Board%20Packet%20V2.pdf Let’s look at Connect Transit a different way. PDF page 22 claims in January Connect Transit had 204,683 fixed route passengers PDF page 8 says passenger fares were $52,882.80.  The only way to have 204,683 riders is to have 75% of all riders not paying – either Medicaid, ISU, […]

Connect Transit Investigated

By:  Diane Benjamin The Illinois Human Rights Authority investigated complaints filed against Connect Transit. See the charges and conclusions here:    https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/gac/HRA/HRAReports/Connect%20Transit%20PUBLIC%20FINAL%20report.pdf The first complaint was:  Lack of ADA accessible bus stops for riders with a disability The Human Rights Authority found this charge violated The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (28 CFR 35) and […]

CT Working Group meeting tomorrow

By:  Diane Benjamin The dates and locations seem to keep changing.  Is Connect trying to keep the public from showing up? I hear the consultant won’t be there, did they get fired?  I’m told Julie Hile will be leading, leading to where the Town of Normal and Connect Transit want the discussion to end up? […]

CIRBN continues – questions aren’t allowed + Normal tonight

By:  Diane Benjamin https://normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/3494 The Wild Country lease will automatically renew in January, the operators just pay taxes, maintenance, and insurance.  Taxpayers make nothing.  No council vote required. I haven’t seen anything saying the sweet deal Terri Ryburn got for the Pine St gas station ever has to be renewed either. There are more – […]