Posted by: demianvpsn | February 13, 2012

Translink fares going up? Have your say!

You may have heard that Translink has proposed a fare increase for January 2013.  What you might not know is that Translink has requested public input on the proposed changes.

Translink points out that by January 2013, it will have been five years since fares were last increased.  The proposed increases are as follows:

  • a 1-zone ticket would rise by 25 cents, from $2.50 to $2.75
  • a 2-zone ticket would rise by 50 cents, from $3.75 to $4.25 and
  • a 3-zone ticket would also rise by 50 cents, from $5.00 to $5.50.

The price of 10-ticket FareSaver packs would increase as follows:

  • 1-zone FareSaver books would increase from $21.00 to $23.50
  • 2-zone FareSaver books would increase from $31.50 to $35.50
  • 3-zone FareSaver books would increase from $42.00 to $47.00
Since the proposed fare increases would average more than 2 per cent per year, Translink is required to seek public input. While we certainly understand that Translink needs stable funding sources to remain financially viable, a balance must be struck between those needs and the needs of Vancouverites to get where they are going in a sustainable manner. The price cannot reach such heights that it causes us to reach for those car keys in order to save money. Translink itself estimates the fare increase will result in a 2 per cent decrease in the number of trips taken.
 
Now is the chance to have your say! Comments can be submitted by e-mail to comments@translinkcommission.org, via the Translink Commission Facebook page or by snail mail to: TransLink Commission, Box 1497, Comox BC, V9M 8A2.
 
If you wish to comment, don’t forget to submit by February 15!
 
More information about the proposed changes is available on the Translink website.
Happy Commenting!
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Responses

  1. It’s hard to know what the right principle is here. I think it’s that the transit system should be pay-as-you-go, whether you are using buses to get around or bridges or streets. We’re slowly moving to bridges that pay for themselves. Buses just need to be subsidized because we subsidize automobiles so much more. But we don’t want to get into a competitive bidding process between buses and cars to see which form of transit we should subsidize more.


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