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Transit fares stay flat, collection resumes June 1

Council approved the 2020-2021 operating and service agreements with BC Transit, which set out fares, services, and budgets for the operation of conventional and handyDART services. Cash fares will remain at $2 for adults, and $1.
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The view from the back of the bus.

Council approved the 2020-2021 operating and service agreements with BC Transit, which set out fares, services, and budgets for the operation of conventional and handyDART services.

Cash fares will remain at $2 for adults, and $1.75 for seniors and students, which have not changed since 2012. Children four years and under ride for free.

“I wonder how many people in the community realize we've held our transit fees since 2012," noted Coun. Tony Zabinsky. “I was pleasantly impressed.”

Mayor Lori Ackerman noted it was “to acknowledge that the people who are using transit are using transit for a reason.”

Victor Shopland, the city’s general manager of integrated services, said fares went up by 25 cents in 2012 as a matter of convenience, so passengers could drop in a single toonie, and not a dollar and three quarters.

“Dropping a toonie in was easy,” Shopland said.

Fares are currently suspended due to COVID-19, however, collection is scheduled to resume June 1.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.