Metrobus to sell discounted taxi chits to customers affected by the strike

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With the Metrobus Transit strike well past the two-month mark, the company’s latest move is selling discounted taxi chits.

Metrobus announced today that it will begin selling taxi chits to transit customers at a 50 per cent discount. General manager Judy Powell said details of the deal are still being worked out, including which taxi companies will be taking part, and how many chits will be for sale.

“They will be a predetermined amount, and we will be selling them to our customers at half-price,” she said. “So, essentially, if a taxi fare costs $15, for example, the customer would pay $15 but use their taxi chits which they got for half-price, so essentially it would be a $7.50 fare.”

Metrobus will start selling the chits on Wednesday through its online store at or over the phone at 722-9400.

Powell said the company will be buying chits from taxi companies at full price, adding that Metrobus is initiating the program to ease the financial burden of people affected by the transit strike.

“Metrobus is doing it in an attempt to provide some financial relief to our passengers who are experiencing difficulty during this strike,” she said. “We’ve heard from our customers, we know how difficult this has been for them, and we want to help with this financial hardship.”

Powell disagreed with the suggestion that the move might prolong the strike by making it easier for people to take taxis.

“I don’t believe that that will be the case. For us it’s about relieving some of the financial hardship,” she said. “It certainly doesn’t replace the bus system, and we know it’s not a perfect solution.”

Full details in The Weekend Telegram.

Geographic location: Happy Valley, Goose Bay, Labrador

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  • Giphantie
    January 15, 2011 - 10:05

    What about the 10 weeks prior to this, my girlfriend has to take a $25 cab ride to and from work daily. Nice idea, should have been offered looooooooong ago. Having it offered now, just means, the strike will go on longer. Thanks for nothing

  • Rider
    January 15, 2011 - 09:40

    You should have done this when the strike started, maybe the buses would be back on the road now. I hope you don't put up the rates when & if they don end this stupid strike

    January 14, 2011 - 23:22

    General Manager Judy Powell - take the concessions off the table and let these drivers go back to work. You have won!! The money you have saved on this strike so far, is close to 1/2 a million bucks!! Your concessions are paid for, and more, by a country mile. The strikers will never be able to recoup the money they have lost in this strike and you have saved the city, 45 grand per week. What else do the Metrobus riders and the drivers of Metrobus have to do, to satisfy your need for absolute power?? The game is over, and you have won!! Now the taxi chits, to me, comes across as an addition, to your weakness, as a company head. Hmmm let's offer the the walking bus riders some new walking shoes!! Get real , take the concessions off the table, let the employees go back to work and then take a good long look in the mirror and ask yourself, if you could have helped settle this strike sooner. We all know the answer!! A booming city, developments everywhere, money everywhere and Metrobus is looking for concessions?? Nuff said!!

  • Jonathan
    January 14, 2011 - 22:15

    I think, for Judy Powell to get a deal with select cab companies to offer cab fares for half price, this means the strike is going to continue for a long time, possibly ending to bankruptcy if it drags on long enough. I think, if the buses do return to the streets, we can forget about paying cheap fares to win back riders. Besides, what's the point of offering cheap bus rides to lure back riders if people are going to lose respect for the workers for what they have done to the company, and to the public? This sounds like a case of burning off the savings from the strike, and putting them into cheap cab fares. Especially when not everyone has access to a computer. I have a feeling that, if Metrobus does continue fighting long enough, ridership will drop to the ocean floor, and the company may be knocking on the door to corporate heaven by the time it's over. Trust me, this is one fight that will never be won.

  • Ryan Van Horne
    January 14, 2011 - 15:23

    This is the wrong story. Could you please post the Lower Churchill EIS story?