Expansion of the Kamloops transit system last year resulted in an anticipated increase in costs, but that should be evened out with a boost in revenues within a couple of years.
And despite that lag, this city still has the best cost recovery for regular transit service in the province, B.C. Transit’s senior regional transit manager told City council Tuesday.
Kevin Schubert arrived in chambers armed with lots of numbers for the annual performance summary for the City’s transit system for 2012/13.
The increase in service boosted passenger trips by 1.6 per cent last year from 2011, but there was a slight decline in custom bus service (HandyDart).
Schubert said Kamloops’s stats are better than many other cities of similar size. Even customer feedback, based on 500,000 rides, got only 19.4 negative comments last year.
The opening of a new transit depot in 2012 also added $1 million to operating costs, but even with that, the system was under budget overall.
“No two transit systems are alike,” said Schubert.
Coun. Nancy Bepple asked about HandyDart service changing once the renal dialysis program moves from Royal Inland Hospital to a location on the North Shore. She said it’s expected to make travel more efficient for many of the program users.
Schubert said that change is being looked at along with ways of making HandyDart more efficient.
B.C. Transit is under pressure to set up an automated vehicle locator program so people can find out where the buses are on their smart phones, and time their travel to the bus stops accordingly.
“It's coming soon, demand and pressure are huge,” he said.