Council’s investment in transit pays off

Wednesday, October 19, 2011 – for immediate release

Council’s investment in transit pays off

Ridership up 17% since new transit design launched in 2009

Ridership increases have been strong and steady since Council approved a new transit service design in September 2009, according to Barry Cole, director of Oakville Transit. Cole told Council on Monday night that there has been a 17 per cent increase in ridership since the new service design was implemented. Overall Oakville transit ridership is expected to top 2.8 million this year, and a new monthly record of 272,000 riders was set in September 2011.

“An investment in Oakville Transit is an investment in the future of our community,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “Council committed to make Oakville the most livable town in Canada and public transit plays a key role in achieving that vision — both for its environmental benefits and to meet the challenge of moving a growing population more efficiently. It’s all about finding a balance between being efficient in service and in funding.”

Cole also highlighted how efficiently Oakville Transit is operating compared to other Ontario municipal transit systems. Better scheduling and less down time placed Oakville well below the average of $92.48 at only $74.82 when it came to cost of service per hour. When we compare per capita where Oakville is on average for service hours versus the dollar amount the municipality contributes for transit service, we are right on target with 1.17 hours of service per person (average is 1.25 hours per person) and $59.26 contribution per person (average is $59.89 per person).

Oakville Transit’s success can be measured by more than just increased ridership, Cole noted, it’s also about meeting the different needs of Oakville residents. Today, all 92 town buses carry bike racks, and in 2012, all of Oakville Transit buses will be 100 per cent accessible to everyone. For those residents with a physical functional mobility challenge, Oakville Transit provides a door to door transportation service called care-A-van. Oakville Transit’s Seniors Specials also offer that extra customer service that ensures seniors can get to malls and shopping areas throughout the week.

Just recently, Oakville was the first municipality in the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area (GTHA) to fully implement the PRESTO card system offering residents a more convenient way to pay for travelling on Oakville Transit and other transit systems across the GTHA.

Oakville’s partnership with Halton Region in a pilot project called Subsidized Passes for Low Income Transit (SPLIT) ensures that low income residents have access to affordable transit.

In planning how transit will service Oakville residents both today and in the future, the new transit facility was built with the capability to store 175 buses — enough to service the future transit needs of our community for the next 25 to 30 years.

Looking ahead, the town is updating its Transportation Master Plan (Switching Gears). Accessible, efficient public transit will certainly play an important role in this plan. For more information on the TMP email tmp@oakville.ca

View the presentation made at Monday’s Council meeting (presentation starts at the 35:30 minute mark).

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For more information contact:

Barry Cole
Director, Oakville Transit
905-845- 6601, ext. 3507
bcole@oakville.ca

Mary Jo Milhomens
Senior Communications Advisor
905-338-4244
mmilhomens@oakville.ca


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Council’s investment in transit pays off