10. Buses They Don’t Need
The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) provided the New Hampshire Department of Transportation with $2 million in stimulus money to buy four buses. While the state will own them, the buses will be used by two commuter service bus companies, Boston Express and C&J Trailways. C&J Trailways will use the new buses to replace two older buses in their fleet, but will make no new hires. The other two buses will be used by Boston Express to add additional bus service
“These funds are creating jobs now while investing in the future of our transit systems,” Administrator Peter Rogoff of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) said in Friday’s news release. “The public’s demand for transit service continues to grow, and these dollars will help meet that need.”
That sounds nice. But it isn’t true.
Two of the buses will replace C&J buses currently in service on I-95. C&J President Jim Jalbert confirmed to us in an interview Friday that his company would make no new hires in relation to receiving those buses.
The other two buses will be used by Boston Express to add new service. The number of new jobs created? “As many as four or five,” Jalbert said. They will all be bus drivers.
Two million dollars to create “four or five” bus-driver jobs? That’s as much as $500,000 per job.”
Wow four –five jobs created at one half of a million per, and people ask why porkulus didn’t work?