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Annual scheduled transit fare change takes effect July 1

Annual scheduled transit fare change takes effect July 1

On July 1, the scheduled, annual transit fare change takes effect.
On Sunday, July 1, the annual scheduled transit fare change takes effect.

Phase One of the Mayors Council’s 10-Year Vision calls for much-needed transit investments to increase capacity, reduce overcrowding and introduce bus service to new areas.

To help fund this, the Mayors’ Council identified annual increases to transit fares over the next decade, which was announced in November 2016 as part of Phase One‘s approval. These minor fare increases will help bring more and better service to everyone in the region.

Beginning Sunday, July 1, transit fares will increase by 5 to 10 cents.

  • Single-use concession fares will increase by five cents for Stored Value fares and 10 cents for cash fares.
  • Single-use adult fares will increase by 10 cents (this includes HandyDART).
  • DayPass fares will increase by 25 cents.
  • Monthly pass fares will increase between $1 and $2, depending on zone type.
  • Fare increases will be the same on West Coast Express.

Just like today, Compass Card holders who use Stored Value will continue to enjoy a discounted fare compared to cash customers and Tap to Pay customers pay the adult cash fare. Even with these increases, Metro Vancouver continues to have the lowest average 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:

  • Five new B-Line bus routes.
  • 10% increase in bus service by 2019.
  • 15% increase in HandyDART service by 2019.
  • 20% increase in rail service following the delivery of 56 new SkyTrain and 24 new Canada Line cars beginning later this year.

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

Chart showing the new Transit Fares, effective July 1, 2018.

* You can now tap your Visa® and Mastercard® contactless credit card or mobile wallet to pay your adult cash fare. Remember—the most cost-effective way to travel across the system is to use a Compass Card.

Learn more at translink.ca/fares.