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.