Comment 118851

By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted May 27, 2016 at 12:13:07 in reply to Comment 118847

Reading your comment I realize I erred in failing to account for the different populations of Hamilton and Ottawa when comparing transit levies and overall ridership.

Hamilton's 20 million rides a year divided by its 484,000 residents within the urban boundary works out to 41 annual rides per capita. That compares in Ottawa to 100 million rides a year divided by 884,000 residents within the urban boundary for 113 annual rides per capita.

That means Ottawa is paying 3.3 times as high a transit levy per household for 2.7 times as high a per-capita annual ridership.

But we have to remember that it is households that are charged the transit levy, not individuals.

Hamilton has around 188,000 households within the urban boundary, which works out to 106 annual rides per household. Ottawa, in contrast, has 358,000 households within the urban boundary, which works out to 279 annual rides per household.

Ottawa has a slightly lower average number of residents per household than Hamilton, with 2.46 people per household in Ottawa and 2.56 people per household in Hamilton. That means Ottawa is paying 3.3 times as high a transit levy per household for 2.6 times as high a per-household annual ridership.

I wonder if the higher operating cost per ride is related to the cost of maintaining and operating the legacy bus rapid transit system in Ottawa.

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