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 www.metrobus.com 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.