Thunder Bay – Isn’t This What The Gas Tax Money Is For?

Proposed 2020 budget includes transit fare increases

Taking the bus could become a little more expensive next year, which has some transit riders concerned, while others are along for the ride.

“I don’t think it’s fair,” said Jessie Anderson. “Bus rates are already $2.75 as it is. I just think it’s silly. It’s going to be a little bit harder to come up with that extra 25 cents now.”

“It’s been a while since we had an increase. I guess it’s like everything else,” said Robert Edwards. “I would say it seems reasonable. I buy a 20 ride bus pass, so you save a little.”

The proposed 2020 city budget includes an increase to city transit fares by as much as 11 per cent. If the proposal was to pass as is, transit users would be $3 for a cash fare, up from $2.75, while those purchasing a 20 ride punch pass will pay $47, up from the $44, while a single ride pass of 10 tickets will cost $27.50, up from $24.75.

“Our transit fares haven’t increased since 2016 so we have been monitoring how our fares compare to other similar transit properties that in our peer group,” said Kelly Robertson, community services general manager with the city of Thunder Bay. – tbnewswatch

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Isn’t this what the gas tax money the city gets from the province is for? Public transit?

Transit operators demand safety shields, panic buttons

Citing three recent assaults on city buses, Thunder Bay transit operators marched on city hall on Wednesday night to demand that council agree to introduce safety measures to keep workers safe.

Ken Koza, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 966, said the goal is to put pressure on Thunder Bay’s elected officials to do something, adding his membership needs better protection from an increasingly unpredictable ridership.

In addition to a partition separating drivers from passengers, transit workers would also like a direct line to police when things do go wrong.

“The panic button is a direct link for getting help for operators should something happen,” Koza said. – tbnewswatch

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Isn’t this what the gas tax money the city gets from the province is for? Public transit?

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  1. bill westly
    bill westly at | | Reply

    6 bucks to go a few blocks to the store and back…RIPOFF! Cheaper and faster to take your car. Public transit has lost its way.

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