Transit fares go up on July 1

BEGINNING Sunday, July 1, transit fares will increase by 5 to 10 cents.

The change was announced in November 2016 as part of Phase One of the Mayors’ Council 10-Year Vision for Regional Transportation.

Starting July 1:

  • Single-use concession fares will increase by five cents for Stored Value fares and 10 cents for cash fares.
  • Single-use adult fares will increase by 10 cents (this includes HandyDART).
  • DayPass fares will increase by 25 cents.
  • Monthly pass fares will increase between $1 and $2, depending on zone type.
  • Fare increases will be the same on West Coast Express.

Just like today, Compass Card holders who use Stored Value will continue to enjoy a discounted fare compared to cash customers. Even with these increases, Metro Vancouver continues to have the lowest average fares of all major Canadian cities, says TransLink.

“These modest, scheduled increases are helping to fund transit investments to increase capacity, reduce overcrowding and introduce bus service in new areas,” according to TransLink.

Improvements being funded in part through annual fare increases include:

  • Five new B-Line bus routes.
  • 10% increase in bus service by 2019.
  • 15% increase in HandyDART service by 2019.
  • 20% increase in rail service following the delivery of 56 new SkyTrain and 24 new Canada Line cars beginning later this year.

The Mayors’ Council identified annual transit fare increases over the next decade as a way to fund the Vision.