Archive for the ‘fares’ category

Montreal transit fare increase proposed

November 27, 2009

CBC News

Riding the bus or the Metro in Montreal could cost more next year, as the Montreal Transit Corp. is proposing to increase fares by two per cent, starting in January.

If the proposal is approved by Montreal council, the cost of a monthly pass for an adult would go up to $70 from the current $68.50. A single adult fare would go to $2.80 from $2.75.

Most Montrealers who ride the bus and Metro every day say they are willing to pay more, but only if it will mean better service.

The transit corporation’s vice-president Marvin Rotrand said commuters will notice a difference.


TransLink directors don’t get it

November 27, 2009

Surrey Leader


By Frank Bucholtz

Metro directors see no problem with their big pay hike” reads the headline on a story appearing on Black Press Lower Mainland newspaper websites – a story which also appeared in many of those newspapers.

It seems Metro Vancouver directors have no problem taking an additional 25 per cent this year. After all, it’s our money, and they see themselves as deserving of every penny they get.

They may not have a problem with their pay hikes, but many taxpayers do. We are being asked to pay more in property taxes each year – some of which goes to service the bloated Metro political structure.


It’s simple: Put in the turnstiles

November 26, 2009

The Province


TransLink, our toothless regional transportation agency, just doesn’t seem to get it. It keeps saying it is starved of cash and needs to raise more money from metro residents.

Yet it continues to lose badly needed funding because it is unwilling to tackle the continuing problem of widespread fare evasion.

Not only are freeloaders costing the transit system millions of dollars annually in unpaid fares, they’re also avoiding paying millions in fines levied against them by transit police.


Olympic transit passes on sale Friday

November 26, 2009

Good for six weeks February 8 to March 21, 2010

TransLink’s souvenir Olympic transit passes go on sale Friday.  The ‘Games Transit Passes’ can be used during a six-week period from February 8 to March 21, 2010.

The credit-card-sized passes feature winter sport images and sell for 1.5 times the price of a regular FareCard.  TransLink is promoting the cards as a great ‘stocking stuffer’ for Christmas. They are only available while supplies last at FareDealer locations.

One zone – $110 — Two zone – $149 — Three zone – $204

News Bites for Nov. 20.09

November 20, 2009

TransLink has cancelled its plan for a bus to connect south Langley to White Rock and the Township council isn’t happy about it.

Only a fraction of the motorists using the Golden Ears bridge,
eight per cent, are taking advantage of the bargain-basement transponder rate of $2.75 per crossing. The vast majority of bridge users, 87 per cent, are paying premium prices, the top rate of $3.90 charged on vehicles that don’t have transponders.

A new director has been picked to serve on TransLink’s board.
W. John Dawson, a retired partner with accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, was appointed to a three-year term by the regional mayors’ council. Dawson, an audit specialist, had for years advised Crown corporations including BC Rail and ICBC and had been vice-chair of the B.C. Financial Institutions Commission.

Cash-strapped TTC jacks fares

November 18, 2009

Toronto Sun


The TTC is done with nickel-and-diming riders — it’s going for quarters now.

“No one wants to raise fares for transit, but we’ve heard very clearly from other levels of government that they’re constrained, that there’s likely not to be large increases to the commission’s budget,” TTC chairman Adam Giambrone said, moments after the commission approved a 25 cents fare hike, effective in January.

“Obviously there are going to be a lot of people who are going to have trouble coming up with transit fare,” Giambrone said. “No one wants to raise fares at all and we know that for many people in the city it’s very difficult.”

The fare hike will raise the cost of an adult fare to $3 from $2.75, with the price of tokens rising to $2.50 from $2.25.


NYC subway proves boon to the city and environment

November 15, 2009

ED. In Vancouver the car is king and government builds even more roads to encourage auto use.  New York, on the other hand, is so advanced in its public transportation system that we should be modeling ours on this American city, rather than having big business tell us what we should build.


More than half of the households in New York do not own a car and up to 75 per cent of the population of Manhattan is without four-wheeled transport, thanks to the city’s mass rapid transit system and their extensive network of public transport.

Due to the New York City Subway, one of the few 24-hour metro services of the world, and the fact that New Yorkers use the public transport very extensively, it is one of the most energy-efficient cities in the US.

One in every three mass transit users in the US, or 4.9 million people a day, use the New York City Subway, which is the largest subway system in the world, measured by track mileage. It has grown from 28 stations when it was founded in October of 1904 to 462 stations at present.