First reading complete, bringing changes to the existing fare structure for Halifax Transit
On July 25, 2019 the Transportation Standing Committee received a presentation from staff regarding changes to the existing fare structure for Halifax Transit. These changes include the fare increase that was originally proposed and approved by Regional Council as part of Halifax Transit’s 2019/2020 operating budget.
Regional Council has approved first reading of By-Law U-105, amending By-law U-100, the User Charges By-law, establishing changes to the existing fare structure and fares, including retaining the senior fare category and increasing the senior’s fare proportionate to the proposed increases to the general fare.
Further, Regional Council has directed the CAO to begin planning a Student Transit Pass pilot program, to request a supplementary report to study income levels of seniors who are regular bus users and the costs of increases the fare while adopting an enhanced seniors low income, and identify funding for the youth free transit program pilot.
The third recommendation, which was to direct the CAO to prepare a report investigating the feasibility of implementing a fee for access to Halifax Transit Park and Rides, had been deferred to a future meeting.
Read the staff report for more information.