Saskatoon councillor desires metropolis to look into unpaid transit fares – Saskatoon

One Saskatoon city councilor wants to look into the issue of unpaid fares on transit buses and is asking for a report identifying a number of items, including how much revenue the city may be losing to the issue.

Ward 1 Coun. Darren Hill is also asking city administration to identify the percentage of riders who pay compared with those who don’t, and the routes most affected by unpaid fares.

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“We can’t be making decisions on fares without all the data in front of us,” Hill said at Monday’s Standing Policy Committee on Transportation meeting.

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Other items Hill wants administration to look into include identifying trends in regard to dates and times of incidents, determining whether a fare enforcer position has ever been considered, and researching the current status of fare boxes such as missing or inoperable boxes.

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City of Saskatoon general manager of transportation, Terry Schmidt, said that when a fare is not paid, the operators are asked to record that on a mobile data terminal, meaning the data is available.

However, if a fare box is not operating, Schmidt said it is difficult for the city administration to determine revenue losses from that.

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“For the most part, this data is captured and available. It is just a matter of then going through the data, compiling it, analyzing it and putting it back into a report format,” Schmidt added.

Hill’s motion was carried unanimously at Monday’s meeting and the administration will report back to the city council.

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