Bus company awaits Olympic payment

By BOB MACKIN, QMI Agency

VANCOUVER - A suburban bus company is waiting for final payment from a VANOC contractor, two-and-a-half months after the Winter Olympics closed.

Premier Pacific Coach Lines’ president Dave Lengert said the final 25 percent installment from Gameday Management is overdue. He said Gameday chartered seven vehicles from his Burnaby, B.C. company.

Lengert said the outstanding amount is “a couple hundred thousand; it’s significant for me.”

The president of Toronto-based industry organization Motor Coach Canada said Lengert is not alone.

“Most companies are owed the 25 percent and that probably varies from $10,000 to $15,000 to the six-figure numbers,” said Brian Crow.

Crow said MCC members chartered by Gameday were recently told final payment could be coming by the end of this month.

“Carriers were counting on getting paid 30 days after the end of the event,” Crow said. “Obviously the end of May is a lot more than 30 days.”

Gameday president Tony Vitrano said via email that the company met Thursday with VANOC. He said bus dispatch logs were submitted in mid-April and are being audited.

“I expect (VANOC’s) review process to be done by next week,” he said.

Vitrano told QMI in April that VANOC would be charged for “what was dispatched” instead of a daily rate, which meant companies could get less than expected. VANOC budgeted $52.3 million for bus systems.

Vice-president of communications Renee Smith-Valade said VANOC is “making good progress” on reconciling accounts with suppliers.

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