Edmonton transit fares to go up in February


By Jackson Spring

Transit users will have to pay more for passes and tickets beginning Feb. 1.

The price of a pack of 10 tickets will increase by 75 cents for all age groups, while monthly passes will go up by $1 to $35 for seniors, and by $3 to $100 for adults. Annual passes for seniors will also increase by $11 to $385.

City council approved the changes in 2019.

"These adjustments help (Edmonton Transit System) provide safe and reliable transit service and maintain the vehicle fleet,” said a press release from the city on Jan. 19.

City council approved the upcoming transit changes in 2019. (Courtesy of City of Edmonton)

City council approved the upcoming transit changes in 2019. (Courtesy of City of Edmonton)

The changes are the latest in a series of fare increases over the past couple years. On Feb. 1, 2020, monthly passes for seniors more than doubled from $15.50 to $34, though packs of 10 tickets went down by $4 to $19.

Single cash fares also increased by 25 cents to $3.50 in 2020, as part of a long-term plan to incrementally bring the cash fare up to $4 by the end of this year.

Cash fares were set to increase another 25 cents on Feb. 1 of this year as well, but council decided to postpone this change until May. Coun. Aaron Paquette requested council delay all the fare changes, noting that because of the pandemic many of the people still using transit are essential workers, but only the delay of cash fares was approved.

Monthly passes for youth aged 13-24 will also be increasing by 50 cents to $73 on Sep. 1.