Even though I have not seen an Uber car locally, when I typed in “Uber, McHenry County” I actually found something.
When RTA started in 1974, it seemed to me the most economical approach would be to subsidize taxis.
That didn’t happen.
In fact, RTA tended to drive other existing forms of transportation out of business.
Not only taxis, but also train service to Walworth.
RTA shut it down. Can’t remember what technicality was used, but those who used that train service starting running a bus to the Crystal Lake train station until RTA stopped that as well.
Not licensed by the Illinois Commerce Commission, don’t you know.
It was easy for me to conclude that RTA was not interested in mass transportation; rather it was interested in empire maintenance.
In 1974, McHenry County was too sparsely-populated for buses to be an efficient mode of transportation.
It still is.
For buses to be effective mass transportation, I found as I was researching the subject in 1974, there must be population density of at least so many per square mile. I can’t remember the number, but I do remember that the 1970 Census showed just three such square miles in McHenry County. I think Harvard had two such square miles and Woodstock one.
But that was it.
Bus service in McHenry County was doomed to be woefully inefficient from Day One.
Besides being pretty much the spokesman for the opposition to the passage of the Regional Transportation Authority referendum, I was also active afterward.
So much so, that one big bus that came to the Crystal Lake train station had, “Hi! Cal Skinner!” written by removing the dirt on the back window.
At some point I realized that McHenry County already has a bus transportation system.
That system was run by schools.
“Why not let anyone get on when a school bus came past?” I thought.
The news about pedophiles killed that idea.
One of those who comes to get free food at the First United Methodist Church distribution at the Nunda Township Hall had called Pace the day before to be picked up at 11:30.
The calling Pace the day before is a severe limiting factor to the serve.
Even though the reservation for a Pace ride had been made the day before, the Pace bus did not come.
A volunteer had to take the lady to McHenry.
The subsidy for Pace rides in McHenry County is about $26 each.
Riders pay $1.
The Uber web site is so poor that I can’t find pricing data, buy my guess is that mos trips would be less than $26.
If so local subsidies could be paid to Uber for the difference in the its trip price and the $1 charged the subsidy-eligible passenger.