Central Okanagan bus riders will pay more starting this fall
KELOWNA – Transit riders in the Central Okanagan will soon be paying more to ride the bus. On Monday afternoon, Kelowna city council approved a rate hike that will go into effect this fall.
The increase affects all bus riders including seniors and students. Starting September 1, riders will pay $2.50. That’s an increase of 25 cents for the average rider and 50 cents for both students and seniors.
While the city is eliminating the discount for students and seniors in cash fares, they will still get a break on a monthly pass. A monthly pass will cost $70 for the average rider while seniors and students will pay $45.
The city says they don’t expect the fare increase will have much of an impact on students and seniors as most buy monthly passes.
Transit fares were last raised in January 2012. The city says this latest rate hike is necessary to cover rising operating costs.