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Annual scheduled fare change takes effect July 1

June 03, 2019

New Westminster – Beginning Monday, July 1, transit fares will increase by 5 to 10 cents for single use fares. This is the third in a series of scheduled fare changes announced in November 2016 as part of the Mayors’ Council 10-Year Vision for Regional Transportation.

Starting July 1:

  • Single-use concession fares will increase by five cents for cash fares and 10 cents for Stored Value fares.
  • Single-use adult fares will increase by five cents for cash and 10 cents for Stored Value fares (this includes HandyDART).
  • DayPass fares will increase by 25 cents.
  • Monthly pass fares will increase $2 for concession and $3 for adult fares.
  • West Coast Express return tickets and return passes will increase $0.25

Even with these increases, Metro Vancouver continues to have the lowest average adult cash fares of all major Canadian cities.

These modest, scheduled increases are helping to fund transit investments to increase capacity, reduce overcrowding and introduce bus service in new areas. Improvements being funded in part through annual fare increases include:

  • 10% increase in bus service
  • 15% increase in HandyDART service
  • 20% increase in rail service (Expo Line, Millennium Line, Canada Line, West Coast Express)
  • Pre-construction and consultation on the Millennium Line Broadway Extension and the Surrey-Newton-Guildford Line of the Surrey LRT project
  • New funding for improvements to the Major Road Network
  • Expansion and improvements to the cycling and walking networks

The Mayors’ Council identified annual transit fare increases over the next decade to fund the Vision.

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