Hey, it's better than the 7.5 per cent increase that riders saw in March of 2010--in fact, OC Transpo General Manager John Manconi claims it's the smallest increase of OC Transpo fares in nine years:
And they're proposing an average 1.9% fare increase, which JM says is the smallest increase in nine years.Courtesy of the Ottawa Sun's Jonathan Willing, here's the full rate card:
— David Reevely live (@ReevelyLive) November 20, 2013
Here is the proposed #OCTranspo fare table for 2014 (most changes take effect July 1): pic.twitter.com/mu8wSivz26I think my favourite is the new DayPass charge of $8.10... so utterly inconveniently random. Most people will probably just drop $8 in there, but I'd wager that shortfall will be made up for when people inevitably round up the $3.45 regular cash fare.
— Jon Willing (@JonathanWilling) October 23, 2013
Presto fares, for the record, will be going up five cents to $2.77 per trip.
The most significant increase is the 16.4 per cent hike in community passes, from $35 to $40.75 per month. Those passes are designed for "Ottawa residents who receive benefits under the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)" and registered Para Transpo customers.
It's an obvious reality that as costs of public transit increase, the costs to use public transit will also increase. But that doesn't make fare increases any more palatable.