The mayors’ council on regional transportation has moved ahead on introducing distance-based fares along SkyTrain and SeaBus routes.
The group voted on Thursday in favour of TransLink staff developing a technical plan on the new fare system and how to implement it. The plan will include hourly-based discounts on certain routes.
UPDATE: Mayors' council votes in favour for having TransLink create a system for distance-based fares. This included timed discounts through day.
This does not mean full approval on all specifics, but approval for a technical plan to be compiled by staff and voted on later on.
— Ashley Wadhwani (@ashwadhwani) July 26, 2018
The changes to transit fares were recommended in June, after TransLink executive cites complaints from riders about “arbitrary” zone boundaries and “really high costs for people travelling one or two stations.”
TransLink believes 17 per cent of riders will see an increase of more than 10 per cent in their fares, while an equivalent portion will see a decrease of more than 10 per cent. The remaining 66 per cent won’t see any major fare price changes.
Back in June, TransLink’s manager of policy development Andrew Devlin said the fares will be revenue neutral, and shouldn’t be expensive to implement with the current Compass Card system.
The technical plan will be presented and voted on at a later date.
More to come.