Dec 12, 2009

No fare increase for Durham Region Transit

DURHAM -- Transit users won't have to dig deeper in 2010.

A recommendation going to Regional Council on Dec. 16 calls for almost all transit fares to remain the same. A single adult fare would remain at $2.90.

The only fare increase proposed is the U-Pass for UOIT and Durham College students. It would rise to $63 per semester from the current $60 a semester. The increase would start on Sept. 1 of next year.

During a meeting of Regional Council's finance committee, Jim Clapp, the Region's finance commissioner, said, "As the finance guy, keeping the fares to same, that was a tough, tough thing to do. I agree with Ted (Galinis, general manager of Durham Region Transit), this is not the year to increase fares. Perhaps it's wise to keep them where they are."

DRT is planning no service enhancements in 2010, Mr. Galinis told the finance committee.

The only change being proposed is a summer U-Pass program in 2010. It's a four-month pilot project and the pass would cost $80 for each student. | No fare increase for Durham Region Transit.

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