Found this article in the Chicago Tribune Thursday:
I’ve written before about the possibility of Uber and Lyft taking the place of Pace in McHenry County before, but with the evidence presented in the Tribune article, it’s time to run the idea up the flag pole again.
The question I raise is why little buses are required to transport people when cars or vans would do just as well.
One of the promises I found during the 1974 RTA referendum debate was,
“Public transportation, when and where you need it, throughout the region.”
The pledge wasn’t widely disseminated, but, somewhere in my RTA files at the NIU Regional Library, that promise can be found.
It was nonsense in 1974.
And as funny as the Democratic Party’s State Rep. candidate Ron Stroup telling people passage of the referendum would bring commuter rail service to Huntley.
Maybe someday, but forty years after the debate assertion, commuter trains are not providing service to Huntley.
However, the obscure promise headlined above is within reach.
Ride-sharing companies could provide transportation throughout McHenry County, if the money currently used for by Pace and its local governmental partners were diverted to ride-sharing company subsidies.
The only problem, pointed out and perhaps even solved in Chicago, is for those needing handicapped accessibility to a vehicle.
There has to be a cheaper way to provide that than buses, each with a wheelchair lift mechanism.
In 2016, each McHenry County Pace rider was subsidized $16.10 a ride.