British Columbia

$5 levy set for Canada Line airport trips

People planning to take the new rapid transit line from Vancouver International Airport will have to pay a $5 surcharge on top of the regular fare if they don't have prepaid tickets, starting Jan. 18.

People planning to take the new rapid transit line from Vancouver International Airport will have to pay a $5 surcharge on top of the regular fare if they don't have prepaid tickets, starting Jan. 18.

TransLink Commissioner Martin Crilly announced the surcharge in a news release Thursday.

The levy will be one of the ways to pay for the construction of the new rail rapid transit service, the release said.

TransLink officials announced when the Canada Line opened in August 2009 that a surcharge would be imposed on travel from the airport, but the amount estimated at the time was $2.50.

The surcharge — called AddFare — applies only to passengers who are travelling from the airport and who don't have prepaid tickets or fare cards.

The normal one-zone fare on TransLink is $2.50. Two-zone travel costs $3.75, meaning an adult passenger buying a ticket at the airport for travel to downtown Vancouver would pay $8.75.

Passengers travelling to the airport on the Canada Line will only have to pay the regular one- or two-zone fare and not the AddFare, the release said.

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