Ward 7 Councilwoman Margaret Barrett-Simon said she wished the council could have known then what it knows today about JATRAN’s inverted revenue stream. The system operates at a deficit approaching $5 million annually and growing.
“I wonder, knowing what we know now about the finances of our bus system, if we would have made the same decision,” Barrett-Simon said.
The cost has gone up, Johnson said, since the complex was initially explored. One reason was that a building planned to house the bus garage burned, and the city had to make plans to build another.