Been a while since anything about Fredericton Transit has shown up on this blog. In August 2008, Dillon Consulting released their report with 18 recommendations to be completed in the next five years. We’re halfway through the 5 years, let’s see how they did:

(from page 117 of report)

  1. ADOPT TRANSIT SERVICE STANDARDS – NO
  2. New Route to Two Nations Crossing / Cliffe Street – FAILED
  3. Service Frequency Improvements to maintain a minimum hourly service on all routes during their normal hours of operation – NO
  4. Modification of Route 216 to service Knowledge Park Drive – NO
  5. Increase service on Route 11 with introduction of a UNB U-Pass. – NO
  6. ESTABLISH NORTH SIDE TRANSFER POINT AT ST. MARY’S STREET AND MAPLE STREET – NO
  7. INCREASE AND IMPROVE SHELTERS – NO
  8. DEVELOP AN ENHANCED TRANSIT MARKETING PLAN – NO
  9. ADJUST FARES – YES
  10. EXPAND U-PASS – NO
  11. EXPLORE EMPLOYEE TRANSIT PASS PROGRAMS – NO
  12. CONSIDER NEW INDUSTRIAL SPECIAL TO ALLISON/GILLIS AREA – NO
  13. DEVELOP APPROPRIATE BUS TURNAROUNDS – NO
  14. EXPAND AND MODIFY KINGS PLACE TERMINAL – NO
  15. RELOCATE REGENT MALL TERMINAL – NO
  16. INITIATE REVIEW OF TRANSIT GARAGE/OPERATIONS CENTER – YES
  17. INITIATE DIAL-A-BUS REVIEW – YES
  18. INCREASE ACCESSIBILITY OF BUS SERVICE – NO

Out of eighteen action items, they successfully did three of them. That’s a grade of 16.67%. Of the three things they did, adjusting the fares actually raised revenue, the new transit garage was mostly Federal stimulus dollars and the dial-a-bus review cost $46,000. They also attempted to remove service to Silverwood, that plan was cancelled after much public outcry.

Fredericton City council has shown that they like to talk about being green and sustainable, yet can’t actually spend money on being green and sustainable. Many of these action items won’t cost much to implement, yet they don’t have the initiative or will to do them. The next municipal election is in 2012.