Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 15, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
10 THJ LtTHBRIDGI HERALD July 15, WO- Transit System Fares Increase Hits Business HAMILTON (CP) Pub transit systems in Canada sha a common problem of increa ing costs that decrease patro age, the president of the Can dian Transit Association says. Frank A. Cooke says betwei 65 and 75 per cent of the rev nue goes for wages and ass dated personnel costs. "The size of the wage j creases transit authoriti across the country have had accede to in recent years h put irresistible upward pressui on fare structures. But this not entirely the answer. Eve fare increase causes a loss passengers. People have marked resistance to highe public transit prices. Mr. Cooke estimates trans- authorities lose about three p cent of their former gross rev nue for every 10 per cent i Egg Board Defended In Quebec MONTREAL (CP) Th president of the Quebec Farm ers' Union said h e r e a boar regulating the sale in Quebec c eggs from outside the provinc was not set up to "cause incon venience" to other provinces. Albert Allain told a Superio Court hearing fanners in othe provinces are considering plan, to gain a stable revenue by es tablishing organizations similar to the Federation des Produc teurs d'Oeufs de Consommatio of Producers Consumer Eggs. Fedco, chartered by provin rial law, and the Quebec gov eminent are being taken court by several eominercia groups which claim the board is unconstitutionally hindering in terprovincial trade by regulat ing the supply of eggs from other provinces, Ontario. The groups, led by the Quebec Food Council and including sev eral Ontario egg wholesalers are seeking an injunction to hal the board's activities. Mr. Allain said if the board is curtailed by the court it woul be "a clear step backward and a loss of investment." Fedco is a sub-federation o the farmers union. Mr. Allain said farmers are subject to the vagaries of prices on the free market and the board, which took control of thi purchase and sale of eggs May 11, is an example of farmers or- ganizing to get a certain bar- gaining power over their own product. CAPTAIN PINED MONTREAL (CP) Her- mann Vogt, captain of the West German freighter Anne Marie Kruger, was fined and court costs here after oil from his shop leaked into Montreal harbor last weekend. ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC Certified Dental Mechanic Metropolitan Bldg. 328-4095 crease in fares and lie says these passengers do not return to using public transit. Mr. Cooke, assistant general manager of the Hamilton Street Railway Co. who was elected president of the association at its annual meeting last month, noted that there has been a steady expansion of municipal boundaries. The result has been that bus lines operate over greater distances with a declin- ing passenger load. This has been the trend for more than 20 years. REFLECTS PROSPERITY "Also, the public means of transit are a pretty sensitive ba- rometer of local prosperity as times get tough, patronage slackens. Thus, under present economic conditions in many cities in different parts- of the country, business is off and rev- enues are down from a year earlier. But we shouldn't paint an entirely black picture." Mr. Cooke said city planners and designers were becoming increasingly aware of the need to integrate mass transit sys- tems in planning and redevelop- ment of urban areas. A heightened public concern may mean requests for more funds for operations and equip- ment will be approved. He said it may become neces- sary to ban the automobile from city core areas. "There isn't going to be any more land available for roads or parking or whatever, but ;here sure are going to be lots more people to use what is available. '-We think, mind you, that the automobile and public transit are compatible. The trick is to get a better integration or meshing of their best features if ;he quality of life in urban centres is to be maintained or m p r o v e d. Transit planning must seek to maximize the best wrtions of each type of trans- (ortation and integrate them in a thoughtful, sensible way." ,OWER PARES FAIL Mr. Cooke said past efforts to ncrease passenger load through ower fares have not proved successful. The Kingston transit minority recently tried that ap- proach. "It has little effect on passen- er volume. You get the same jroup of passengers you already lad, but at lower fares. "Right now Vancouver is ex- jerimenting with a 50-cent, all- ay Sunday tickets. This en- bles the public to use the bus ervice as much as they like lat day, and is basically an ef- 3rt to generate increased vol- me to offset the premium ages and operating costs asso- ated with Sunday service. They've also got a special down- owner ticket for shoppers. It aiables them at a reduced rate make multiple trips within a efined area of the city. "These and other such experi- ents are being watched by our Mr. Cooke said. He does not believe the die- 1-powered buses are major illuters. The diesel engines mit fewer noxious materials at the gasoline-powered en- ine, he said. "But pollution is the latest anner to be waved. Those peo- saying the internal combus- on engine is fouling our cities ve completely forgotten the rse. Life in urban comnrani- es is a lot cleaner than it was, that standpoint." HURLBURT AUCTION SERVICE LTD. REGULAR EVENING AUCTION AT THE WAREHOUSE 1920 2nd Ave. 5., Lethbridgc THURSDAY, JULY 16th SALE STARTS P.M. 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