Staff Report #6
September 29, 2021
To All Commissioners
Re: Financial Update – Specialized Transit Services – Operating Budget – August 31, 2021
That the report be NOTED and FILED.
Set out in the table below is the Statement of Operations for Specialized Transit Services for the eight-month period ending August 31, 2021. The statement sets out actual to budget performance for the period.
London Transit Commission Statement of Operations – Specialized Transit Services Eight Months Ending August 31, 2021 (000’s omitted)
|Description||Actual||Budget||Amount Better (Worse)||Percent Better (Worse)|
|Transportation||$ 197.4||$ 167.8||$ 29.6||17.6 %|
|Province-provincial gas tax||1,137.0||1,137.0||–||0.0 %|
|City of London||5,804.5||5,804.5||–||0.0 %|
|Total revenue||7,138.9||7,109.3||29.6||0.4 %|
|Personnel cost||712.5||786.4||73.9||9.4 %|
|Contract service cost||5,037.9||5,101.3||63.4||1.2 %|
|All other material expense||217.6||211.9||(5.7)||(2.7)%|
|Total expenditure||5,968.0||6,099.6||131.6||2.2 %|
|Net cost||1,170.9||1,009.7||161.2||2.6 %|
|Safe Restart program(1)||(1,102.6)||(1,009.7)||(92.9)||(1.5)%|
|Net favourable/(unfavourable)||$ 68.3||$ –||$ 68.3||1.1 %|
Notes: (1) Actual Safe Restart allocation subject to final reconciliation and submission of claims to the Province
As indicated in the above table, the service has a net favourable operating budget performance to-date of 1.1% or $68,300. An explanation of the variances is set out below.
Net Operating Costs
- favourable transportation revenue of $29,600 due to higher ridership than anticipated;
- favourable personnel costs of $73,900 due to timing of vacancies and less than anticipated overtime; and
- favourable contract service costs of $63,400 due to slightly less service hours utilized.
COVID-19 related variances will be monitored in connection with the Safe Restart funding and overall Safe Restart Reserve Fund and separate reports will be provided detailing actual submissions to the Province.
The table below sets out actual to budget ridership and other performance related measures as well as a comparison to the same period in the previous year.
Ridership and Other Statistics Actual vs. budget Eight Months Ending August 31, 2021 (000’s omitted)
|Description||Actual||Budget||Variance||% Variance||2020 Actual||% Variance|
|Eligible passenger trips||92,623||74,300||18,323||24.7 %||97,237||(4.7)%|
|Total Trips||99,061||83,000||16,061||19.4 %||107,421||(7.8)%|
|Average fare||$ 1.993||2.022||$ (0.029)||(1.4)%||$ 1.459||36.6 %|
|Service Hours||81,319||82,504||1,185||1.4 %||89,395||(9.0)%|
|EPT per service hour||1.14||0.90||0.24||26.5 %||1.09||4.7%|
|Total trips per service hour||1.22||1.01||0.21||21.1 %||1.20||1.4%|
|Total Registrants||11,710||11,315||3.5 %|
As noted above, total trips were greater than anticipated and have maintained this favourable trend. The onset of the pandemic and its impacts in March 2020 of last year, coupled with the ongoing ridership fluctuations since that time complicate the ability to compare 2020 results to those experienced in 2021.
Administration will continue to monitor the operating budget performance reporting on same on a monthly basis including providing recommendations as may be appropriate.
Mike Gregor, Director of Finance
Concurred in by:
Kelly S. Paleczny, General Manager