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Proposed Fare Increases

Commission Decision Pending

If TransLink wishes to increase the price of “short term” fares (e.g. cash fares and FareSaver ticket books) faster than 2% per year, the law requires that it must first obtain the Commission’s approval.

TransLink has applied to the Commission for approval to increase the price of books of ten FareSaver tickets faster than 2% per year on April 1 2010 as follows:

Price of a FareSaver Book of 10 Tickets

 

Current Price
2009

Proposed Price
 Starting April 1 2010

1 Zone Adult

$19.00

$21.00

2 Zone Adult

$28.50

$31.50

3 Zone Adult

$38.00

$42.00

 Concession

$16.00

$17.00

Cash fares (or single ticket prices) will be unchanged as TransLink has not applied to increase them.

Note that the above increases would have the effect of creating room for TransLink to increase monthly pass prices as well, while still keeping the passes an attractive option, relative to 10-ticket FareSaver books, for frequent transit customers. Monthly passes are not a “short term fare” under the law and as such are not directly regulated by the Commission. Customers should be aware, however, that if FareSaver increases are approved, TransLink proposes to make the following increases in Monthly FareCard prices:

Price of a Monthly FareCard

 

Current Price
2009

Proposed Price
 Starting April 1 2010

1 Zone Adult

$73.00

$81.00

2 Zone Adult

$99.00

$110.00

3 Zone Adult

$136.00

$151.00

Concession

$42.00

$46.50

FastTrax Student - all zones

$73.00

$81.00

TransLink proposes to increase certain other fares on April 1 2010. These include annual employer passes on conventional transit and, on West Coast Express commuter rail, weekly, 28 day and employer passes. For more detail here is:

Before making any decision on the FareSaver price increase the Commission is considering all written comments from the public. The period for receiving public comments ended 4 December, 2009. By law the Commission must make a decision by 27 January 2010. It must provide reasons and publish the decision within 15 days later, i.e. by 11 February 2010.

The Process

On 23 October 2009 the Mayors’ Council approved supplementary fares (within a TransLink 10-year plan called Funding Stabilization). One of these is the proposed increase on the price of books of 10 Faresaver tickets. TransLink cannot charge passengers this higher price without the further approval of the Commission. TransLink applied for this on 30 October 2009.

Under the SCBCTA Act, after 30 days for public comment, the Commission may decide to hold a public hearing.  In its final decision on whether to approve the fare, the Commission must weigh four considerations:

  • maintain financial stability of TransLink;
  • allow TransLink to provide planned services;
  • encourage TransLink to minimize expenses; and
  • keep fares as low as possible.

Here is a summary time-line diagram of the process (a one-page PDF file).  For further detail, here is an external link to the relevant section 223 of the SCBCTA Act.

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