Increases spread across the system
Faced with cutting routes or raising fares in order to have OC Transpo revenue come from 50 per cent of users, council opted yesterday to raise fares.
Effective July 1, a regular monthly adult pass will cost $81, up $8, while bus ticket fares will rise by 10 cents to $2. Students’ and seniors’ monthly passes will increase by around 5 per cent — to $62.95 for students and $30.40 for seniors.
“Service reductions in the city of Ottawa, when we are seeing record growth, just doesn’t make a lot of sense,” said OC Transpo director Alain Mercier. “What we are looking for is to fund the system so we can continue to grow. Part of these rate increases are to allow for expansion.”
The increases will be spread across the system, with express pass riders seeing the largest increase and cash fares holding at $3. This is because the longer and more frequent routes to Barrhaven, Orleans, and Kanata are driving prices up the most, Mercier said.