Staff Report #9
October 31, 2018
To All Commissioners
Re: Financial Update – Conventional Transit Services – Operating Budget – September 30, 2018
That the report be NOTED and FILED.
Set out in the table below is the Statement of Operations for Conventional Transit Services for the nine month period ending September 30, 2018. The statement sets out actual to budget performance for the period.
London Transit Commission
Statement of Operations – Conventional Transit Services
Nine Months Ending September 30, 2018
|Description||Actual||Budget||Amount Better (Worse)||Percent Better (Worse)|
|Transportation||$ 23,444.9||$ 23,295.9||$ 149.0||0.6 %|
|Transfers from reserves||877.1||585.0||292.1||49.9 %|
|Province – provincial gas tax||5,857.2||5,857.2||–||0.0 %|
|City of London||21,090.8||21,090.8||–||0.0 %|
|Total revenue||52,372.2||51,866.1||506.1||1.0 %|
|Direct bus maintenance||4,339.4||4,378.3||39.0||0.9 %|
|Facility costs||2,346.5||2,381.5||35.0||1.5 %|
|Contribution to reserves||815.6||683.6||(132.0)||(19.3)%|
|All other material expense||1,820.9||1,815.0||(5.9)||(0.3)%|
|Net favourable/(unfavourable)||$ (207.4)||$ –||$ (207.4)||(0.4)%|
As indicated, the conventional transit service to-date has a net unfavourable actual to budget performance of $207,400 representing approximately 0.4% of the total budget to-date of $51.9 million.
The major performance issues relate to:
- favourable transportation revenue of $149,000 due to higher than budgeted ridership ($326,900) offset by lower than budgeted average fare ($201,600) (mix of riders different vs. budget);
- favourable operating revenue of $65,000 due to higher than budgeted interest income; and
- an increase in the transfers from reserves of $292,100 utilized to offset the unfavourable insurance expenditures noted below ($196,300) as well as personnel costs related to the return-to-work program ($95,800).
- unfavourable personnel costs of $100,800 due mainly to higher than budgeted return-to-work program costs as well as the impact of Bill 148’s paid emergency days;
- unfavourable fuel costs of $412,800 attributed to unfavourable fuel rates ($472,000) offset by favourable fuel consumption ($59,800);
- unfavourable insurance claim costs of $136,000; and
- an increase over budget in contributions to reserves of $132,000 due to increases in interest income (operating revenue).
The table below sets out actual to budget ridership performance for the nine months ending September 30, 2018 as well as comparison to the same period in the previous year.
|Description||Actual||Budget||Variance||% Variance||2017 Actual||% Variance|
|Total Passengers (000’s)||16,852.2||16,618.2||234.0||1.4 %||16,268.9||3.6 %|
|Average Fare||$ 1.385||$ 1.397||$ (0.012)||(0.9)%||$ 1.385||(0.0)%|
|Revenue Service Hours||467.4||469.8||(2.4)||(0.5)%||453.4||3.1 %|
|Rides/Rev Service Hour||36.1||35.4||0.7||1.9 %||35.9||0.5 %|
September marked the first month of the new Youth pass available for sale. The monthly pass is sold for $52 for use by riders between the ages of 13 and 17. Sales reported for September were 629 and increased significantly to 908 passes for October.
Once an appropriate period of time has passed and resulting trends given the new fare category have stabilized, administration will provide a further update assessing the impacts of the new program.
Administration will continue to monitor the operating budget performance, including ridership, on a monthly basis.
Mike Gregor, Director of Finance
Concurred in by:
Kelly S. Paleczny, General Manager