Pardon us for being skeptical, but aw come on.
OC Transpo produced a first-quarter update on transit ridership. OC Transpo general manager John Manconi says the drop is really, really, really small. He does release some revenue figures, which are down except if you take into account costs savings.
“We’re around 100 million rides a year, so when people talk about a drop, you look at that number. It’s a very, very small percentage,” Manconi said.
Just one problem. Manconi hasn’t released the ridership figures. We are to take his word for it, one guesses. Maybe taxpayers can’t handle the truth. He’s being very, very quiet.
Surely Manconi has seen the figures. Come on … we just pay for the system, we lowly taxpayers. You could give us a peek, eh? You have seen the figures, haven’t you? Please say yes.
Manconi also tells us that all North American transit systems experience ridership changes. Well yes they do, up, down, sideways … tell us Mr. Manconi … how did ours do?
Wait a second. A little bump for $2.3 billion? Those are some pretty expensive riders. Are we taxpayers going into massive debt for a bump?
And how confident can Manconi be about the bump when most Ottawans inherit an extra transfer in January with light rail and the city didn’t do any ridership studies?
Perhaps we’ll see in 2018. Or not, if Manconi doesn’t release the figures.
Videos above: Jack Nicholson and Elmer Fudd explaining OC Transpo’s MO.
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