July 25, 2014 2:43 pm

STC passenger fares going up in August

STC passengers will have to dig a little deeper into their wallets starting Aug. 1 to ride the bus.

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REGINA – If you ride STC buses, you will have to dig a little deeper into your wallet to pay for fares.

The Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC) announced Thursday fares will be going up Aug. 1 by an average of 5.5 per cent, the second fare increase in less than a year.

One reason? Higher gas prices.

“Like any business, STC faces inflationary pressures on our operating expenses for necessities such as fuel, maintenance and staffing,” said STC president Shawn Grice.

The average fare increase per ticket is $1.90 based on a one-way trip of 182 kilometres.

“Our goal is to issue smaller annual increases that will help offset the amount of government subsidy that STC requires, but at the same time keep our bus service as affordable as possible for our passengers,” said Grice.

STC will continue to offer promotions including its current youth seat sale that allows people between the ages of 12 and 25 to purchase a one-way ticket anywhere STC travels for $20.00 plus tax.

Last October, STC hiked fares 4.7 per cent and in January 2013, fares went up by an average of 4.56 per cent.

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