Innisfil moves to halve transit fares for low income residents
Innisfil is introducing a Fair Transit Program starting in November for
its low income residents who rely on the Town's public transit system,
a mix of Uber and Barrie-Innisfil Taxi service.
Under the program, eligible households would receive a 50 per cent
discount on all Innisfil Transit trips, two return trips (four free
trips total) to and from the Innisfil Food Bank each
month, in addition to being exempt from the monthly limit of 30 trips.
A trip to the food bank is $4 flat fee.
Innisfil Transit fares are:
$4 for any trip to/from Innisfil Recreational Complex/Town Hall area;
$4 for any trip to/from the Innisfil ideaLAB and Library, Lakeshore
branch (967 Innisfil beach Road);
$4 for any trip to/from the South Innisfil Community Centre (Lefroy);
$5 for any trip to/from closest GO bus stop along Yonge St;
$6 for any trip to/from Barrie South GO train station;
$6 for any trip to/from Innisfil Heights Employment Area and Highway
400 carpool lot;
When you travel anywhere else going within Innisfil boundaries you’ll
save $4 off your fare.
Innisfil's 2019 budget allocated $885,806 for Innisfil Transit financed
by $260,806 from the property tax levy, $318,827 from the Provincial
Gas Tax program, the Alternative Revenue Source (ARS) funds and
development charges. Average monthly trips number about 8,300.
"However, in order to ensure that the transit service remains on budget
despite the service
enhancements recommended in this report, Staff have been working with
Uber to implement
operational improvements to find immediate cost savings. This has
included consideration for
increasing the wait time within the Uber app before a rider's trip is
confirmed in order to increase the proportion of trips that are
matched," according to an Oct. 23rd report to Innisfil council. "For
example, Uber has estimated that increasing this trip confirmation wait
time from one minute currently to five minutes, could result in a total
cost savings of up to eight per cent, while increasing it further to 10
minutes could result in an additional cost savings of up to three per
cent. When calculating these percentages from an approximate budget of
$900,000, this suggests that increasing the trip confirmation wait time
will help cover the estimated additional costs of about $100,000
annually for implementing the Fair Transit Program."