Thunder Bay – City Of Thunder Bay To Run Taxi Service

City to test on-demand micro transit

The City of Thunder Bay is preparing to test an innovative approach to transit services with an on-demand “micro transit” pilot project.

Thunder Bay Transit told city council on Monday the strategy could be a better service option as ridership levels that plunged in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic remain very low on some routes.

The city will now prepare to launch a pilot for the concept on its 4-Neebing route in the new year. That will see residents request service from smaller transit vehicles, with scheduled bus runs eliminated.

Reviewing low-performing routes for potential micro transit solutions is one condition imposed on municipalities by the provincial government in order to be eligible for a second phase of COVID-19 relief funding for transit.

The city received more than $3 million in August to ease financial pressures on the transit system through the end of September, which included the elimination of fares and ridership levels that dropped by 60 per cent in the pandemic’s early days.

Those levels have rebounded only slightly since, to around 50 per cent.

Eight of the city’s routes are recovering well, transit manager Brad Loroff reported, while another nine were considered low performing.

The 4-Neebing had the lowest ridership of any city bus route, averaging four boardings per vehicle revenue hour.

If the pilot is successful, the city could consider implementing on-demand micro transit for other low performing routes, Loroff told councillors.

Neebing councillor Cody Fraser objected to the pilot, saying it amounted to giving his constituents lower service levels while they pay the same taxes.

As part of additional COVID-19 service adjustments approved Monday, transit will also raise its passenger capacity from 15 to 32, a change it says was OKed by the Thunder Bay District Health Unit.

City administration will report back to city council by the end of November with a more detailed plan to commence the pilot project by Jan. 31. – tbnewswatch

article websiie here

Soooo. its a taxi service?  Thunder Bay is going to be operating a taxi service?

Remember when transit Manager said that operating a smaller bus cost almost as much as a full sized vehicle because most of the cost was the wages of operators?  Apparently, that is no longer true. Was it true back then?

Meanwhile, millions of annual  gas tax cash that should be spent on improving pubic transit is being spent on the soccerplex.  That is Thunder Bay.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Leave a Reply

enter code *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.