Saskatoon decides not to increase transit fare in budget talks

The Saskatoon's city council voted not to increase transit fare rates today at the 2015 budget talks.

Proposal to increase fare by $0.10 is defeated, followed with proposal to look into service.

Saskatoon transit users will continue paying $2.40 for fare. (Chanss Lagaden/CBC)

Saskatoon's city council has voted not to increase transit fares, as was proposed in the city's preliminary budget.

City staff proposed a fare hike of $0.10 in the new year, which would have increased an adult fare to $2.50. Councillor Mairin Loewen said she couldn't support increasing prices after a month-long transit lockout this fall and ongoing transit disruptions.

"I can't justify a fare increase after the year we put users through here," she said.

Loewen moved not to increase transit fares, to look into future fare increases, and to investigate gaps in the transit service. All three motions were passed by council.

Councillor Tiffany Paulsen isn't happy with the decision, though.

Paulsen said she takes the bus from her home in Wildwood and it takes her nearly an hour to get downtown.

"I feel frustrated because I don't think anything happened today.There was no commitment on behalf of the transit management to improve the service, I didn't see really any big enthusiasm from my colleagues in terms of service improvements, so it's frustrating," she said.

People in Saskatoon can expect fare hikes in other areas, including a three per cent increase in the price of electricity.

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