Comment 5649

By Brendan (registered) | Posted February 26, 2007 at 21:00:04

I agree with the sentiments Roy, but blocking fare increases, I fear, is the best way to ensure the transit system is never improved. Only about 50% of the costs of running the system is collected from the fare box. The real dollar impact of those missing percentage points on the city's budget increases every time new service is added. So valuable initiatives like the proposed extension to the BeeLine, or a new route to the Keith neighborhood tend not to be pursued because the HSR doesn't have the budget to cover the associated increase in operating costs. How can the city fund transit sustainably, (and without stunting the network's growth) unless you increase fares at least on par with inflation? It's not a rhetorical question. I've been looking for a better answer for months.

(Just for comparison, Ottawa's fares are $3.00/ ride, Toronto's are $2.75, Vancouver's are $2.25. Hamilton hasn't increased it's fares since 2003)

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