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A transit rider at Surrey Central SkyTrain station yesterday signs a petition by NDP MLAs Bruce Ralston and Sue Hammell.


Despite a recent TransLink report stating that Metro Vancouver transit fares remain among the cheapest in the country, some Surrey families said yesterday they have become unaffordable.

Jamie Mckelvie, 21, said she and her 11-month-old son rely on the SkyTrain daily, but the fare increase is breaking the bank.

NDP MLAs Bruce Ralston and Sue Hammell were outside Surrey Central SkyTrain yesterday gathering signatures from transit riders who are angry about the fare increase.

Nathaly Anthony, 27, spends roughly $100 every month taking her five-year-old son to daycare. She added that her transit expenses will rise an extra $200 monthly when she returns to work.

"I stopped buying the monthly bus pass because it was just too much," said Anthony.

fare hikes

Transit fares went up by 25 cents for one-zone and 50 cents for two- and three-zone tickets Jan. 1.