The Toronto City Council Executive Committee has asked staff to do more research on the feasibility of Toronto taking over the Bixi Program… perhaps with it falling under the Toronto Parking Authority of Toronto Transit Commission umbrella.
I have concerns about either of these entities running Bixi… the TPA is very profits-focused, and if Bixi is not a big revenue generator right away, it may not get the attention it needs. The TTC on the other hand, is tasked with getting people around the city, but they are chronically under-funded and seemingly operationally deficient at times.
The fate of Toronto’s troubled BIXI bike-sharing program will have to wait until the fall, but there are strong signs that the city is preparing to come to its aid.
The mayor’s executive committee voted late Wednesday night to send the matter back to staff. The directions to staff remain confidential, but after the vote public works chair Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong said he is pleased with the outcome.