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(Posted 11:30 a.m., Nov. 28)
OC Transpo unveils proposed fare increases for 2016

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

OC Transpo riders can expect to pay more for bus service next year if a series of proposed fare increases unveiled on Friday are passed by city council.

The only exception will be community pass holders who will be spared an increase under the proposed changes.

Presto cardholders who use regular non-express routes will see the biggest hike. The cost per trip will go up 5.6 per cent from $2.86 to $3.00. By comparison, non-express cash fares will jump 10 cents from $3.55 per trip to $3.65.

Presto cardholders will only see a nominal increase on express routes where the fare will be increased from $4.28 to $4.39 per trip.

The cost of a regular adult pass will go up $2.50 to $105.75, while the cost of a monthly express pass willl jump from $127.25 to $130.50.

Student riders under the age of 19 and seniors will also see a modest increase in the cost of their bus pass. A regular student monthly pass will jump $2 to $84.25, and senior passes will increase from $41.75 to $42.75.

The cost of a U-Pass, which all post-secondary students pay for as part of their student fees, will go up 2.5 per cent from $192.70 to $197.52.

As stated earlier, the cost of an OC Transpo community pass will remain frozen at $41.75 next year. The pass is available to customers on the Ontario Disability Support Program and registered Para Transpo customers.

The proposed increaes were made public by Ottawa Transit Commission chair, Cumberland Coun. Stephen Blais, who is supportive of the changes.

"In a very equitable way, we distributed the increase across classes," Blais says.

The changes are expected to be endorsed by the Transit Commission next week and then include in the draft budget which will be up for final consideration on Dec. 9. If approved the fare hikes would come into effect on July 1.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

 

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