City council's executive committee will vote on whether to increase single trip cash fares for buses and LRT rides on April 12.
If approved, adult fares will increase in May to $3.75 from $3.50. If the proposed fare is rejected, a report from city administration said it will lose $870,000 of projected revenue in the 2022 budget.
Cash fares increased to $3.50 from $3.25 on Feb. 1, 2020, and are scheduled to increase again to $4 in 2022, unless council decides otherwise.
The proposed increase is one of many potential changes to the Edmonton Transit Service this year, along with adjustments that have already been implemented.
Council is also considering reducing the fine for fare evasion to $150 from $250. This will put Edmonton in line with Ottawa, Calgary, and Montreal, which also charge $150 for that offence. Coun. Aaron Paquette told Global News the fine is unaffordable for nearly half of people who receive tickets, explaining that "$250 might as well be $2 million, and since they have no way of paying, they just accrue more and more fines on their record."