Staff Report #6
September 30, 2020
To All Commissioners
Re: Financial Update – Conventional Transit Services – Operating Budget – August 31, 2020
That the report be NOTED and FILED.
Set out in the table below is the Statement of Operations for Conventional Transit Services for the eight-month period ending August 31, 2020 including actual to budget performance for the period. The table has been modified to include a breakout of the resulting variances based on either general operating differences (i.e. ongoing operations) and those attributed to the COVID-19 outbreak.
London Transit Commission Statement of Operations – Conventional Transit Services Eight Months Ending August 31, 2020 (000’s omitted)
|Description||Actual||Budget||Amount Better (Worse)||Explanation||Percent Better (Worse)|
|General Operating||COVID Impact|
|Transfers from reserves||479.1||414.4||64.7||64.7||–||15.6 %|
|Province-provincial gas tax||4,614.9||5,000.3||(385.4)||(385.4)||–||(7.7)%|
|City of London||20,791.7||20,791.7||–||–||–||0.0 %|
|Personnel cost||32,268.9||34,591.3||2,322.4||613.2||1,709.2||6.7 %|
|Direct bus maintenance||4,402.9||4,447.5||44.6||44.6||–||1.0 %|
|Facility costs||1,893.4||2,149.3||255.9||240.9||15.0||11.9 %|
|Contribution to reserves||212.6||265.6||53.0||53.0||–||19.9 %|
|All other material expense||1,892.0||2,015.1||123.1||49.1||74.0||6.1 %|
|Total expenditure||46,662.7||50,547.8||3,885.1||1,765.9||2,119.2||7.7 %|
|Net favourable/(unfavourable)||$(6,564.5)||$ –||$ (6,564.5)||$ 1,662.3||$(8,226.9)||(13.0)%|
As indicated, the Conventional transit service to date has a net unfavourable actual to budget performance of $6,564,500 representing approximately 13.0% of the total budget to-date of $50.5 million. Of this unfavourable variance, $8,226,900 is attributable to the impacts of COVID-19 and is offset partially by a favourable general operating variance of $1,662,300.
An explanation of the two variances is set out below:
The impacts attributed to COVID-19 in the table above are based on the assumptions of administration that have been applied from the onset of the pandemic. Some of these impacts apply to March of 2020, which is not part of the period covered by the funding programs. Additionally, given uncertainties around eligible expenditures relating to the funding programs, it has not yet been confirmed that all of the impacts currently being included in this column will be considered eligible for funding programs discussed in Staff Report #1, dated August 26, 2020. The Ministry of Transportation is close to finalizing the eligible expenditures and reporting requirements for the funding programs, and it is anticipated that further commentary will be able to be provided at the October meeting.
With respect to the variances that have been attributed to COVID-19 at this time, the following explanations are provided:
- unfavourable transportation revenue of $10,346,100 due to the loss of revenue associated with the rear door boarding and elimination of fare collection from March 20, 2020 to August 18th, along with the subsequent reduction in paid ridership;
- net favourable personnel costs of $1,709,200 due to reduced service hours relating to COVID-19 related absences slightly offset by increased costs relating to enhanced nightly bus cleaning;
- favourable fuel costs of $321,000 due to reduced kilometers; and
- net favourable facility and other material costs due to reduced expenditures for hydro (rate) and fare processing fees offset by additional costs for disinfectants, hand sanitizers, masks and other supplies.
- favourable transportation revenue of $262,800 due to higher than budgeted ridership prior to the onset of COVID-19;
- unfavourable provincial gas tax funding compared to budget as the allocation has been reduced to keep the PGT allocation to operations consistent with the budgeted 9.8% investment share;
- favourable personnel costs of $613,200 due to the timing of vacancies and other non-COVID-19 related absences;
- favourable fuel costs of $1,132,100 due mainly to a favourable price variance;
- favourable facility costs of $240,900 mainly due to lower consumption of natural gas during the unseasonably warmer heating season; and
- unfavourable insurance costs of $367,000 due to increase in premiums imposed on the 2020-2021 insurance program renewal.
The table below sets out actual to budget ridership performance as well as comparison to the same period in the previous year, noting that ridership numbers between March 20th, 2020 and August 18th are based on boardings as collected by the onboard passenger counters.
Ridership Performance – Actual vs. Budget
|Description||Actual||Budget||Variance||% Variance||2019 Actual||% Variance|
|Total Passengers (000’s)||10,110.1||14,946.5||(4,836.4)||(32.4)%||15,019.3||(32.7)%|
|Average Fare||$ 1.347||$ 1.574||$ (0.227)||(14.4)%||$ 1.398||(3.7)%|
|Revenue Service Hours||388.7||441.3||52.5||11.9 %||422.4||8.0 %|
|Rides/Rev Service Hour||26.0||33.9||(7.9)||(23.2)%||35.6||(26.8)%|
Administration will continue to monitor the operating budget performance, with the focus on COVID-19 as well as general operating impacts on a monthly basis.
Mike Gregor, Director of Finance
Concurred in by:
Kelly S. Paleczny, General Manager