By Roland Tanglao on December 10, 2004 - 1:16am
I am not happy with this at all. Not increasing the price of FareSaver books rewards those who use transit the least (and just use it for commuting as opposed to regular transportation) and penalizes those who travel the most, namely the passholders. This is not the way to increase ridership. There must be a better way.
How about thinking differently TransLink? Why not make passes cheaper and increase the cost of FareSaver books? That would increase the number of people who use transit as a car replacement (and thereby reduce pollution, accidents and congestion) and discourage the FareSaver users who are mostly commuters.
From Straight.com: Straight Talk.:
TransLink staff recommended increasing most transit fares on January 1. One-zone adult monthly passes will rise from $63 to $69; two-zone adult monthly passes will go up from $87 to $95; and three-zone adult monthly passes will move from $120 to $130. One-zone adult fares will rise from $2 to $2.25; two-zone adult fares will go from $3 to $3.25; and three-zone adult fares will rise from $4 to $4.50.
HandyDart cash fares will also increase by 25 cents for each of the first two zones, and another 50 cents for each of the second two zones, topping out at $4.50. FareSaver books, day passes, and concession fares for seniors and children will remain the same.