Coun. Mike Nickel supports the hike, arguing transit has to recover more of its costs through the fare box. He rejects suggestions that the increase would lead to a drop in ridership.
“No I don’t think it will discourage ridership. Actually, people have to measure their other modes of transit against the costs of ridership. Gas is costing more for your car, insurance is costing more for your car.”
Actually insurance is getting cheaper in Alberta, is it not? And Mr. Nickel neglects to recognize that lots people (myself included) don’t replace a vehicle with public transit entirely, they use both. I save most of my money not on gas and insurance, but on parking.
Here are the prices in a few other Canadian cities:
- Calgary: $75/month
- Vancouver: $69/month for 1 zone, $95/month for 2 zones, and $130/month for 3 zones
- Ottawa: $71.25/month
Compared with those cities, the proposed fare for Edmonton feels like a rip-off does it not? Calgary and Vancouver for sure have better transit systems than Edmonton does (partially as a result of geography and population density). On the other hand, a monthly pass in Red Deer is $58, so maybe it’s not such a bad deal after all.
Any fare hike would not take place until 2008, and it has to get to city council first anyway (currently it is with the council’s transportation committee).
Read: CBC News