Winnipeg Transit Fares Likely to Be Frozen in 2019

Winnipeg Transit Fares Likely to Be Frozen in 2019

Winnipeg Transit

WINNIPEG — Mayor Brian Bowman is proposing a freeze on Winnipeg Transit fares for 2019.

Transit fares have typically increased by five cents each January 1 to cover inflationary cost increases incurred by Winnipeg Transit.

“Council made the very difficult decision last year to raise transit fares to help cover a projected revenue shortfall in transit, a department that is now projecting a year-end surplus in the millions and that’s in the midst of conducting a comprehensive operational review,” said Bowman.

“For transit riders, even an inflationary adjustment in this context is incomprehensible and equally unnecessary.”

Winnipeg Tranist reported a $7.9-million surplus for operations in 2018.

A full adult fare is currently $2.95.

The motion, considered at a meeting of executive policy committee on Wednesday, will recommend the freeze remain in effect for one calendar year and be included as part of the 2019 budget process.

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