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Costs Of Corridor 11 Bus Balloons

Posted: 2019-03-26 07:25:46 By: hbr

The District of Muskoka is looking for help as the cost of the Highway 11 bus service continues to climb.

During their latest meeting, District council agreed to pump $63,000 into the program annually and make themselves available to handle provincial gas tax funds.

The District is also looking for a transportation provider to not only continue to offer commuter services between Huntsville and Barrie but also to help find operational efficiencies and promote service sustainability.

All public transportation in Canada is subsidized to some degree. Staff told council that urban centre subsidies range from 25% on the low end to as high as 60% for rural areas. Between 2015 and 2017, the District provided the Corridor 11 Bus an annual average subsidy of $32,000 or 44% of the total operating revenue. Ticket sales,

about 17% of which are paid by the District on behalf of clients, covered the remainder of the

operating costs.

However, this year operating costs are due to rise in response to increased expenses including wages, insurance, and maintenance as the current vehicle is nearing the end of its lifespan. Hammond Transportation, who currently run the service, say the projected costs per year will equal roughly $132,000, or $530 per day. That amounts to an increase of 45% and a projected shortfall of $90,000 in 2019.