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 […]
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? […]
By: Diane Benjamin After NOT posting the Agenda for today’s meeting 48 hours in advance as required by the Open Meetings Act (LAW!), yesterday Connect moved the meeting and thought people would magically know: https://www.connect-transit.com/about/trustees/cttf_working_group/agendas.asp No surprise, they didn’t have enough people for a quorum, some members of the public went to the wrong […]
The agenda is now posted for 9:00 Saturday. Anyone surprised laws are immaterial? It will be illegal. No agenda posted 48 hours in advance. Screen shot this morning.
By: Diane Benjamin The information below was given to the Connect Transit Working group. Maybe it was meant to justify losses. It does show common sense and fiscal responsibility aren’t considered.
By: Diane Benjamin Below are random emails. click on to enlarge if needed. The last 3 people copied are employees of Smart Growth America. The Working Group has some members who “will be unable to correct”. Some probably thought the Working Group was created to fix their issues. More of the same – the consultant, […]
By: Diane Benjamin Pantagraph story: https://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/connect-transit-to-buy-at-least-electric-buses-over-four/article_63972e20-636a-52ea-81d2-a56849c9cef2.html#tracking-source=home-top-story-2 So many things are wrong with what happened at the Connect Transit meeting, but start with the fake reporting: Stan Nord wasn’t there! Bloomington Alderman Donna Boelen did and she did ask the Board to wait until the Working Group was finished. Did a reporter even attend? Was stating […]
By: Diane Benjamin Why was the Connect Transit Working Group formed? Think back: People disenfranchised by route changes, non ADA compliance, fare increases, and huge empty buses showed up at City Council meetings (over and over) demanding changes. These people had tried talking to the Connect Transit Board and were ignored. They tried talking to […]
By: Diane Benjamin It could take a long time to report everything I received with a FOIA of emails between Stan Nord and Normal City Manager Pam Reece. One thing obvious is she doesn’t approve of Stan looking at what she and the “professional staff” do. Pam thinks Stan’s job is setting policy, not looking […]
By: Diane Benjamin We already knew the Connect Transit Working Group was not formed to fix problems. Koos and company can’t allow mere mortals to upset their transportation plans to force all plebes on buses. Marc Tiritilli proved the group was a setup from the beginning – it was only created to pacify those not […]
By: Diane Benjamin News Flash: The working group is a joke. Connect Transit has no intention of serving the people who MUST ride the bus because the board is appointed by 2 mayors who think Bloomington-Normal is Chicago. Don’t forget Connect hired a firm for more than $50,000 to facilitate – they expect you to […]