Budget 2020 - Public Transit

3 months ago

Council announced Budget 2020 on December 2, 2019 which included an update on Public Transit Review and recommendations on conventional and para-transit systems. The following excerpts are taken from the Speaking Notes of Councillor Dave Lane, lead councillor for the Finance and Administration portfolio.

Starting March 2, we will kick off the following Metrobus enhancements:

● implementation of a new pilot service to Galway;

● free transit for children under the age of twelve; and

● starting September 7, implementation of phase one of a Frequent Transit Network, ensuring all four of our “backbone” routes -- 1, 2, 3, and 10 -- have 15 and 30 minute headways and service into the evening hours.

Thanks in part to an ongoing, 16-month trend of ridership growth to date, the operating grant to Metrobus decreases 0.6% over 2019 to $13.82 million in 2020. GoBus increases to $4.52 million, an 11.6% increase over 2019. Together they total $18.34 million in 2020.

The City of St. John’s is committed to building a balanced transportation network to get people and goods where they want to go safely. The Public Transit Review is identified in the Our City, Our Future 2019 Action Plan under the goal to create a sustainable and accessible public transportation system.