Passengers on Winnipeg buses won’t have to pay more to ride in the new year.
Over the past several years, rates have gone up in January — fares jumped as much as 25 cents per adult ticket at the beginning of 2018.
Mayor Brian Bowman suggested the rate in light of an almost $8-million budget surplus, largely attributed to Transit operations.
Numerous councillors were pleased to see the freeze.
“People that need to get to work, advance their education, to sustain their lives and families needed a break. I see this as a good break,” Elmwood – East Kildonan Councillor Jason Schreyer said.
“It was the right response to entertain a motion for a fare freeze for 2019 given that we’ve just raised fares 25 cents and now that we are looking at a surplus of $8-million,” St. James Councillor Scott Gillingham said.
Mayor Brian Bowman while fares won’t change, many things about the service should. He said there are a number of pressing issues with the system.
“Winnipeg Transit hasn’t significantly seen changes in many, many decades. I would really like to make significant changes and improvements to better position transit for the future,” Bowman said.
“I anticipate there will be very difficult decisions to be made,” Bowman added.
Bowman didn’t say what changes, specifically. An operations review of transit is expected to be presented in the new year.
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