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Oakville's 2011 budget: transit highlights



On Monday, March 7, Oakville Town Council approved a 2011 operating and capital budget of $311.1 million, after considering more than 50 options to reduce the budget and lessen the financial impact on taxpayers. Town Council directed staff to propose more than $3.4 million in reductions, operating efficiencies and new revenue to make sure that all total property tax increases are in line with inflation during the Councillors’ 2011 - 2014 term.

Oakville homeowners will pay less in Town taxes this year than staff had originally forecast. The 2011 budget will see the town’s portion of the tax bill rise by 5.93 per cent. The overall tax increase is below the current provincial rate of inflation with the total property tax increase, including the regional and educational components, being 2.79 per cent — or about $27 every year for each $100,000 of assessment.

To help reduce its budget shortfall, Oakville Transit is increasing fares on Friday, July 1, adding $159,000 in revenue.

This year, OT will spend $15.3 million to complete its new transit facility on Wyecroft Road, $1,500,000 to buy three new low-floor buses to replace older buses, about $750,000 to refurbish other older buses, about $100,000 to introduce two new routes and about $340,000 to increase the frequency of service along two more in 2011. It also will layout $550,000 to fulfill an order from the Ontario Human Rights Commission to install equipment on every bus that will vocally and visually announce stops along each route.

It will also reduce its budget by more than $120,000 by cancelling all service along three routes Mondays to Fridays during rush hours and all service along all routes on statutory holidays and decreasing service hours Monday-to-Friday late evenings, Saturdays and Sundays along all routes.

Introducing service along new routes

Later this year, OT is introducing new service Mondays to Fridays during rush hours along two routes:

  • Route 33 along Bronte Road between Palermo Village and Bronte GO Station; and
  • Route 120 along North Service Road between the industrial area east of Trafalgar Road and Oakville GO Station.
Canceling service along current routes

OT is eliminating service along the 18 Glen Abbey South, 25 Aspen Forest and 102 Winston Park routes, which currently operate Mondays to Fridays only during rush hours.

Buses operating along the 28 Glen Abbey North route serve the same streets as buses operating along the 18 Glen Abbey South route. Buses operating along the 11 Linbrook and 21 Clearview routes serve many of the same streets as buses operating along the 25 Aspen Forest route. Buses operating along the 2 Lakeshore, 6 Upper Middle and 24 Sheridan routes serve many of the same streets as buses operating along the 102 Winston Park route.

OT would also no longer operate buses on statutory holidays.

Increasing the frequency of service along current routes

OT is increasing the frequency of service along the 1 Trafalgar route from every 20 minutes to every 10 minutes Mondays to Fridays during rush hours and along the 19 River Oaks route from every 30 minutes to every 20 minutes Mondays to Fridays from about 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and after 7 p.m.

More frequent service along the 1 Trafalgar route will likely result in attracting more passengers to other routes north of the Queen Elizabeth Way, especially 5 Dundas and 6 Upper Middle.

Decreasing service hours along all routes

OT is reducing the operating hours Mondays to Fridays, with all buses ending their final trips of the day at 11:25 p.m., instead of 12:25 p.m. Late-night “zone-bus” service from Oakville GO Station to one of four zones in the town would continue after 11:25 p.m.

OT is also reducing the hours that buses operate weekends. Buses would start Saturday service an hour later at 8 a.m., instead of 7 a.m. and end earlier at 11 p.m. instead of midnight. Sunday service would start an hour later than at 9 a.m., instead of 8 a.m. and end earlier at 7 p.m., instead of 8 p.m.


Read:

  • Toronto’s 2011 budget: transit highlights, here.
  • Mississauga’s 2011 budget: transit highlights, here.
  • Brampton’s 2011 budget: transit highlights, here.