Lacombe to exit BOLT regional transit partnership
Lacombe, Alberta (September 25, 2019) – At their regular meeting on Monday, Council directed City administration to immediately initiate the process for discontinuing the BOLT Transit service in Lacombe.
“The difficult decision to end the regional public transit service was not taken lightly by Council,” said Mayor Grant Creasey. “We evaluated all the data we had, and it became painfully obvious that the expectations of the public to turn this into a sustainable and viable long-term service far outweighed the ability of the City to pay for it.”
“We are always reviewing municipal services to ensure that what we provide has a significant cost benefit for our taxpayers,” said Mayor Creasey. “Council reasoned that the cost of the program and the low ridership simply did not match up. This, combined with the current fiscal realities facing the province make it more of a priority for us to eliminate programs that are not providing that wider benefit to our citizens.”
City staff and the Intermunicipal BOLT Governance Committee worked diligently with transit partners to grow the service and improve ridership over the past five years, but the public demand was insufficient.
In light of Council’s decision, City administration will now review its contracts and service agreements, and provide the requisite one-year notification to the Town of Blackfalds, Red Deer Transit and Burman University of the City of Lacombe’s intention to exit the regional public transit partnership.