Beaumont Transit: Ridership and Costs
At the Beaumont Council meeting of 26th September, City Administration presented the following statistics for Beaumont Transit which I have summarized into a single table. I have calculated the number of days of transit service in each year from the same data.
Now, my first thought is that this has become a very expensive service used by a very small number of people since the pandemic ended in 2021, so I decided to do a few more calculations using this data, plus some population statistics for Beaumont taken from the Alberta Government website.
So, I conclude that for this year (2023) so far:
Each ride cost the rider $4.73 on average. That's 12% of the full cost.
Each ride cost the Beaumont taxpayer $36.21 on average. That's 88% of the full cost.
So each ride on the bus cost a total of nearly $41.
The average number of one way rides taken each day was 33.
Since virtually all riders will make an outbound and an inbound ride each day, then the average number of people using a Beaumont transit bus can only be about 17 per day.
So, 99.72% of Beaumont residents who don't use Beaumont Transit daily, will be paying more than $300,000 for it this year.
For comparison a taxi or Uber ride from Beaumont to Mill Woods is usually about $40, and will take the rider door to door on demand.
But at the Council meeting, I heard no questions asked about current costs or ridership, only about expanding the service to run on weekends, adding on-demand service within Beaumont, or adding another transit route to the International Airport.