WATCH: Bixi announces $1 million surplus for 2017
The people who run the Bixi bike-share service in Montreal say 2017 was a banner year for their operation.
The non-profit group announced Wednesday that it made just over $1 million last year — about $350,000 more than it did in 2016.
Back in 2015, the city of Montreal agreed to fund the service to the tune of $2.9 million every year through 2019. With that extra cash, the service has been able to post surpluses for the past four years since it declared bankruptcy in 2014, with debts in the tens of millions of dollars.
Montrealers also made 4.8 million Bixi trips in 2017 — up 25 per cent over 2016. During the past year, the city added 1,000 bikes and 80 new stations, and began allowing customers to pay with their Opus cards at so-called "smart stations".
Bixi says it hopes to top 5 million rides for the first time in 2018, and thus far, it says it's off to a great start — the number of trips per day is up 32 per cent, and it now boasts a record number of active members, with more than 35,000.