December 12, 2006

YRT to introduce new fares effective January 2007

Monthly passes more economical option than purchasing individual cash tickets

 

NEWMARKET York Regional Council has approved increases for select York Region Transit (YRT) fares, effective January 2007.  The fare increases are expected to generate an additional $2 million in revenue to help offset the Region's estimated $75 million in annual transit program costs.

 

Each year York Region undertakes a fare structure review to ensure that YRT remains competitive in the marketplace while recovering costs associated with the significant transit investments that have been made throughout the past five years.

  

The approved YRT fare changes take into account a number of different factors, including current service contractor rates, gas prices, consistency with other GTA transit system fare structures, cost recovery targets and the opportunity to discount fares for regular transit customers.

 

The price of York Region's monthly passes remains well below the cost of purchasing individual tickets on a daily basis, reinforcing the economical benefits of purchasing monthly passes and leaving your car at home.  Public transit remains the most environmentally friendly and economic method of travel.

 

The proposed fare increases will not affect the following categories:  Student tickets, Senior/Child tickets, Ride to GO tickets and the Ride to GO Monthly Sticker Pass.  The following table illustrates all of the YRT fare categories and the approved fare increases, effective January 2007:

 

 

1 ZONE TICKETS

2 ZONE TICKETS

FARE CATEGORY

CURRENT PRICE

NEW PRICE Jan. 2007

CURRENT PRICE

NEW PRICE Jan. 2007

All Cash

$2.50

$2.75

$3.50

$3.75

Express Cash

$2.75

$3.00

N/A

N/A

Adult Ticket (Book of 10)

$22.00

$23.00

$32.00

$33.00

Student Ticket (Book of 10)

$17.00

No change

$27.00

No change

Senior/Child Ticket (Book of 10)

$14.00

No change

$24.00

No change

Express Ticket (Book of 10)

$25.00

$27.50

$25.00

$27.50

Adult Monthly Pass

$80.00

$85.00

$120.00

$130.00

Student Monthly Pass

$60.00

$65.00

$100.00

$110.00

Senior/Child Monthly Pass

$40.00

$42.00

$70.00

$74.00

Express Monthly Pass (New)

Not available

$100.00

N/A

N/A

Ride to GO Ticket

$0.50

No change

$0.50

No change

Ride to GO Monthly Sticker Pass

$20.00

No change

$20.00

No change

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For information on YRT/Viva routes and fares, please visit www.yrt.ca or call toll-free at 1-866-MOVE-YRT (668-3978), locally at (905) 762-2100 or TTY line at 1-866-276-7478.

 

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For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit www.york.ca

 

Media Contact:         Tracy Smith, Corporate Communications, York Region

                                 Phone:  (905) 830-4444, ext. 1209 or Cell (905) 251-6412

                                 Email: tracy.smith@york.ca

 
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