Oct 11, 2008

The purse strings are tight

I just finished reading David’s post at Durham Transit Review about a possible lack of funding for transit improvements in Durham Region for 2009. DRT is are already in that situation right now.

Two of most successful routes in Durham Region would be the 915 Taunton and the 401 Simcoe. The main reason for this success is the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and Durham College. See my post of September 6, 2008.

Since then there has been improvements to the Taunton service. DRT has sent out extra buses to accommodate the the passengers. These are buses that you would not find on the schedule. They are there to catch the overflow from the regular runs. Because they are extras and not regular service runs this means the driver is more than likely working at overtime rates. The DRT management team would like to change that and make them permanent.

As it turns out this is not an easy task. The region has such a tight rein over the purse strings that decisions like this can’t be made without the approval of the Durham Region Transit Executive Committee. I expect this will be presented to them at their next meeting. So we just have to wait and see if the politians are able to give a favorable outcome.

Begging is much more difficult than it looks. Contrary to popular belief, it’s a high art form that takes years of dedicated practice to master.

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