2:30 p.m., April 21)
Transpo switches to spring schedule today
By Fred Sherwin
end commuters should double check their bus schedule today
as OC Transopo makes the switch to their spring schedule,
effecting most routes.
to OC Transpo, many routes will have new trips added to
alleviate overcrowding and improve connections and reliability.
Other routes will have seasonal reductions, while some
will be modified to improve connections or reduce walking
Transpo's Rack and Roll programs is also back with 50
buses being outfitted with bike carriers..
schedule changes come on the heels of news that OC Transpo
wants to increase fares on July 1 when the Presto smart
card system becomes operational.
will be able to load the card with a specified amount
and then use it as a cashless pay system. They will also
be able to load it with a monthly pass and use it like
the current paper version. The card is also transferrable,
meaning multiple family members will be able to use it.
who don't avail themselves of the new smart card will
have to pay up to 15 per cent more for tickets and five
cents more for cash fares.
student and senior tickets would rise 40 cents from $2.60
to $3 on Canada Day, while express tickets would go from
$3.90 to $4.50. Cash fares would go up from $3.25 to $3.30.
Transpo officials are hoping the fare increases will encouraging
commuters to switch to the Presto cards which will enable
them to pay $2.65 for a regular service fare which is
five cents more than the current ticket fare, but significantly
less than the proposed increase.
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