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Buses: Impact of Public Transportation Cuts in Stouffville

Buses: Impact of Public Transportation Cuts in Stouffville

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Public Letter to Mayor and Council, Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville, May 22, 2013
Public Letter to Mayor and Council, Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville, May 22, 2013

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Published by: Arnold Neufeldt-Fast on May 23, 2013
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 May 22, 2013Dear Mayor and Council,I am glad to hear that York Region Transit will be expanding service to Stouffville & Gormleytoward Yonge Street in 2014. I have gone on public record to thank you in the
 (March 24, 2013)for encouraging this development. The March 2013 monthly YRT Ridership Reports for Route 9 are now available, and theyconfirm again how urgent this development is. Ridership growth has been effectively haltedsince the YRT 2012 Service Plantook effect in June 2012. Concretely, we see that YRT ridership in Stouffville fell 4.7% from March 2011 to March 2013. Inprevious years, the combined Stouffville March ridership had been increasing more than 20%annually (see chart below).These cuts have impacted the social life of Stouffville youth (see Twitter!), hurt the budgets of families (an extra car for some), inconvenienced seniors and the working poor dependent onpublic transi
t, and hindered growth in Stouffville’s service sector (which has indicated d
ifficulty inattracting and retaining low-wage employees in town).The March ridership numbers are similar to the trends for the months of July, August,September (not October), November, December, January, and February (see charts below).The data is unambiguous: it was a costly error in judgement to let the 2012 YRT Service Planpass without official critique from the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville (I had given somequestions to my Councillor, but no Councillor challenged the plan).I ask those seeking re-election to consider fully embracing a robust public transit strategy for our town (I have yet to hear that from council, despite the YRT expansion for 2014). Perhaps thecharts below (tracking ridership) are helpful.Sincerely, Arnold Neufeldt-Fast672 Millard Street, Stouffville, ON
 (Source: see below)
Stouffville Monthly Ridership Summary for Rt. 9 & 15(Pre-/Post Service Reduction June 2012)
(Source: See below)
05,00010,00015,00020,00025,00030,00035,00040,00045,00050,0002006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Whitchurch-Stouffville Population
Whitchurch-StouffvillePopulation01000200030004000500060007000800090002008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
March 2013 ridershipbelow 2011 levels.Decline despite 5,600new residence sinceMar 2011.Free ridership(after labourdisruption)
 (Source: See below)(Source: See below)
010002000300040005000600070002007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
February01000200030004000500060002008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Feb 2013 above 2011 levels,but below 2012. Stagnantgrowth post-Servicereduction.Free ridership after Feb 4(post labour disruptions)Jan 2013 up 4% over2011, but growthtrajectory impededby Summer 2012Service Reduction
(Note Oct 24, 2011 toFeb 3 2012 labour disruption

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