Just poking around the city website and found the the 2010-2012 Adopted Operating Budget, some of the numbers I find are really interesting, like the amounts the city spends on the various departments of the city, they have a pie-chart that really makes the size and scope of the cities expenditures clear, and just how small our Transit slice of the pie really is. Wonder how much bigger it will get when BRT or LRT is finally up and running??You can find the pie chart on page 9?in the 2010 Operating Budget: ?PIE CHART? And on the next page, 10, they show where all the money comes from, Property taxes are the biggest contributors, surprisingly small is the total from Licenses, fines and fees. So much for photo radar and red light cameras being huge money makers.
Page 6 is funny, Citizen satisfaction of roadways in the city, curious how it rises and falls on different years.
Page 12 has an entry for time it takes to fix signal controlled intersections, the averages are in hours, that must not count the times this past winter when intersections went unfixed for days as they flashed red all round or red and yellow, anyone remember those? Wasn’t one Main and James or was it Main and Graham, or both???Osborne had one that acted up for over a week iirc, and I’m sure there was another location that was flashing for at least a week, I remember the complaints, Keewatin at Burrows I think it was, couldn’t believe it was still flashing after an entire weekend, and for days into the next week, sad.
Page 13 is on collision data, they say the number of collisions have dropped, I bet it’s more likely the number of REPORTED collisions than the number of collisions, as MPI has instituted a rather unique way of printing money, they employ “readers” to scan claims and find reasons to forward things they identify as ticketable to the police and they then send out a ticket, if you don’t make a claim the police it seems don’t even look at the mandatory report you must make if damage is over $1000.? At least in my case that was the case, cause I made the required police report and then waited?3 months till the weather was nicer to do the running around to either?to fix my vehicle ,or to buy one if it was written off. So I?made my claim and about two weeks after making my MPI claim I got a ticket in the mail, the police had 3 months to send a ticket, one was never sent until after I made the claim. So if the damage is minor, factor in the $170 to $200 ticket you might receive if you were at fault.
Page 21 has some info regarding transit revenue generated and expenses, doesn’t look as though we are the terrible drain on the city we are led to believe. $93,000,000.00 in and $123,000,000.00 out, not bad considering I was always told only half our operating costs were covered through the fares with the other half covered??through taxes, obviously there’s other revenue generating sources or the fares?cover way more than half the costs. Interesting, hmmm.
Page 23: “Average Transit vehicle speed has remained constand over the years” I find this difficult to understand considering all the additional constraints put on drivers over the last decade, such as handling more physically challenged individuals who used to use Handi-Transit and now use regular service because its accessable and?free, these extra serices cannot be delivered without some added delay. So to achieve the same average speed the buses are either going faster during the remainder of the trips, simple physics, a bus at rest is not maintaining an average speed, so it stands to reason it must make up the time to maintain the average speed, or in our case, the schedule. Are drivers complaints regarding schedules being too fast being heard? And better yet, are they being addressed? This sounds far to difficult to achieve considering all the added time needed to make all the additional effort of wheelchair, stroller and walkers at so many stops now a days. Or do the transit lanes and priority lights help all that much to off-set the difference?
Same page: “Winnipeg consistently operates one of the most efficient transit systems in Canada. Transit operating costs per passenger?trip have been stable since 2004” Kudo’s to Wpg Transit and us, I remember being given this info when I started and it was trotted out whenever it occured, same as the safest transit system, when’s the last time we heard good news like this?
Page 66: Ever wondered how many parking tickets were issued each year, how many scofflaws there are, find it on page 66.
Page 68: “Percentage of tickets successfully closed.” Odd that they use rather large US?cities for comparison, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Los Angelas????? Didn’t we do well agains’t our Canadian counterparts?
Page 69: “Percentage of Tickets Overturned by Court”????Only 6 citations overturned by court in two years. I’d be curious who those 6 people were!
Page 186:? Our civic workforce is among the lowest in average salary and benefits when?compared to comparable sized cities! We are just above Saskatoon and lower than Regina, good grief, no wonder they can afford to buy fancy watermelon hats!
The 2010 Adopted Capitol Budget?+5 year forecast??has some telling figures as well, towards the end?of the document you will find projected funding for transit related items on page 4-5, like the budget for a Fare Collection System in 2010 and 2011 of over $10 million.? And there’s no funding for the Transit Corridor after 2011, kind of strange. What happened to stage 2 and the others?? Transit building replacement/refurbishment has allocated over $50 million over 6 years. And funding for transit buses is almost $100 million over the same 6 years. All these are projections and may change.
There, that should give you something to read for a while.:)