In the first quarter of this year, the city paid out nearly three-quarters of a million dollars in claim settlements relating to injuries and property damages relating to incidents involving OC Transpo.
According to a report received yesterday by the city’s corporate services and economic development committee, claim settlements from the city’s transit services department accounted for $721,472.38 out of just over $1 million paid out in the first three months of this year.
More than half of that money came from two payments over $100,000, while the rest came from 20 settlements under $100,000.
In 2009, the city paid out nearly $6.5 million in claim settlements, nearly $1.75 million of which was from transit services.
The committee has asked the city solicitor offices to release a better breakdown of the damages and settlements for the transit services and parks and recreation departments before the start of the next council meeting.
The city produces reports indicating the various areas where injuries have been sustained on a quarterly basis.
“OC Transpo has that information in order to look at ways to reduce accidents,” said deputy city solicitor Carey Thomson.