Commuters who rely on Metro Transit will be paying an extra 25 cents a trip starting Monday morning.

The single cash fare has been increased to help cover costs to upgrade technology within the transit system which will include an automated locator system, bus stop announcement and electronic fare boxes.

A single trip now costs $2.50. This is the first fare increase since 2009.

Janet Bryson, a spokesperson from the city, said the new systems will be installed in just over a year, and upgrades will continue for several years after that.

Bryson said even with the fare increase, Halifax fares are the same or less than most other similar sized cities including Windsor, Regina and Victoria.