BC capped any fare changes for BC Transit and Translink


 

BC capped any fare changes for BC Transit and Translink

 

Dec 4, 2020

Global Korean Post

 

People throughout B.C. will continue to have access to safe, reliable and affordable public transportation as the province restarts.

Agreements for Safe Restart funding have been signed with TransLink, BC Transit and BC Ferries.

“We British Columbians rely on TransLink, BC Transit and BC Ferries to provide us with safe, accessible and affordable transit service,” said Joyce Murray, federal Minister of Digital Government and MP for Vancouver Quadra. “Through the Safe Restart Agreement, our federal government is providing critical funding to ensure British Columbians who count on these transit services can continue to rely on them to go to work and for other essential errands and visits.”

Contribution agreements with the three transportation agencies have been finalized. These agreements set out specific details and requirements of the three agencies as they share in the $1.038 billion from the Government of Canada and Province of B.C. under the federal-provincial Safe Restart Agreement.

“This significant, one-time funding demonstrates our commitment to the public transportation people rely on,” said Rob Fleming, B.C.’s Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “This ensures these essential services are maintained across the province and that fares will remain affordable – providing certainty for people as we recover from these challenging times.”

With these agreements, people will have certainty the public transportation they rely on will remain available and affordable as part of BC’s Restart Plan. At BC Ferries, this means no fare increase this fiscal year ending March 31, 2021, and future increases over the next three years will be limited to rate caps established prior to the pandemic. Minimum service levels and additional sailings to meet community needs will be maintained through at least the next three years.

Any fare changes for BC Transit and Translink are capped at affordable levels through to BC Transit’s fiscal year end of March 31, 2024, and TransLink’s fiscal year end of Dec. 31, 2024.

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