Transit fares are rising, and they are coming in higher than the provincial average.
The average daily transit fare in Ontario is now $5.25.
That’s up from $5 in the last financial year, but it’s only half of the provincial cost.
And for some people, it’s not a good deal.
The province is paying more for the buses, and it’s making more for everyone else.
“The average cost of bus travel in Ontario has risen by 10.9 per cent since 2010, according to a report released Wednesday by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.
That compares with an increase of 5.2 per cent for other provincial transit systems, the report says.
Transportation Minister Brad Duguid says the increase is due to a number of factors, including higher demand and cost pressures, and the province is working on a number the ministry is releasing.
The Ministry of Transit said it expects bus travel to grow from 7 to 10 per cent of the province’s total daily bus transit needs over the next two decades.
The province expects more riders to board buses. “
That’s why we’re seeing more ridership and higher fares.”
The province expects more riders to board buses.
In the last fiscal year, there were 6,858,500 bus trips in Ontario, according a recent report by the Ministry of Public Works and Government Services.
Ridership is up to 7.7 million per day, up from 6.6 million in 2014, and transit ridership is forecast to reach 14.1 million by 2021.
Some cities have been able to maintain high bus ridership with the expansion of the GO Transit network, said Tom Ritchie, president of the Transportation Users Association of Ontario.
But many smaller towns have been hit hard by the cost of operating the GO transit network.
“It’s been a tough year for transit in Ontario,” said Ritchie.
“We need more transit.”
The increase in the average daily fare is partly a result of the growing cost of transit in cities, with fares rising by 2.3 per cent over the last two years, according the ministry report.
The report also notes the average hourly rate of transit fares in Ontario increased from $1.60 to $2.15 over the same time period.
“Fares continue to rise in urban areas because of the aging of the population and rising costs associated with health and disability,” the ministry says.
The ministry said the increase in daily bus fare prices is the result of a combination of increased fares for drivers and the cost pressures on the province.
The average daily trip on the Ontario Transit system in April was $8.23.
By comparison, the daily fare on a regional bus was $4.63.
In 2015, the total price for a bus ride on the TTC was $9.08.
The total price per trip was $1,974, with a 5.3-per-cent increase from 2015.
With files from CTV Toronto’s Kristy Smith.