December 5, 2018 2:24 pm
Updated: December 5, 2018 7:41 pm

Winnipeg Transit fare freeze proposed for 2019

City Council's Executive Policy Committee voted Wednesday enact a fare freeze in new year, thanks to an expected $7.9-million surplus in transit operations this year.

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For bus riders, is seems like an annual occurrence — bus fares going up at the beginning of the year. But Mayor Brian Bowman has tabled a motion to hold off on increasing Winnipeg Transit fares, at least for 2019.

City Council’s Executive Policy Committee voted Wednesday enact a fare freeze in new year, thanks to an expected $7.9-million surplus in transit operations this year.

READ MORE: Winnipeg Transit forecasts $7.9 million dollar surplus

The city said the surplus was largely due to the 25 cent hike in bus fares in 2018, which was intended to make up for a provincial transit-funding freeze.

Transit expected ridership to decline because of the rate increase, but it remained steady.

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“Council made the very difficult decision last year to raise transit fares to help cover a projected revenue shortfall in transit, a department that is now projecting a year-end surplus in the millions and that’s in the midst of conducting a comprehensive operational review,” Mayor Bowman said.

“For transit riders, even an inflationary adjustment in this context is incomprehensible and equally unnecessary.”

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The fare freeze remains subject to council approval. A full adult fare is currently $2.95.

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