Busjack Posted February 27, 2009 Report Share Posted February 27, 2009 I will continue to contend that if these characters think they are going to get oodles and oodles of money just because Barack is the home son, they are mistaken. With the budget he proposed and the backlash that is starting to form, combined with the Blago/Burris fiasco, pols might not "trust" Chicago and the State of Illinois to give too much until they can prove they won't improperly use it. I am just not so sure this is green pastures.At least the Pace front page indicates how they are going to spend the money: Once the funding is received, Pace will purchase the following: * 162 Paratransit vehicles * 58 Thirty-foot fixed route buses * 44 vans for the Vanpool Incentive Program * Additional vehicles including service trucks and vans for operational supervision Not clear whether that is in addition to what's in the budget (i.e. since the budget said 37 buses, whether this means 58 or 95). The latter would meet their unconstrained goal, and probably mean the end of the Orion Is and maybe even the Nova Classics. Even 58 would take a big bite out of the Orion Is (supposedly 70 left according to that budget). As far as the budget goes, Pace was saying in it that it didn't get new paratransit vehicles in 5 years, but having seen up to 5251 with the latest decals (wrenches all around the body portion), must have just received about 120 shortly after the budget was published. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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