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Mississauga Transit to increase fares

Attention News Editors:

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Dec. 2 /CNW/ - Effective Monday, January 10, 2000, Mississauga Transit riders will pay 10 cents more per ride with the exception of the cash fare which will remain at $2. Mississauga Transit has held fares since 1996, however, due to higher labour, maintenance and fuel costs, and planned service improvements a fare hike is necessary.

A strip of 10 adult tickets will increase by $1 to $16 and the adult weekly unlimited ride pass will rise by $1 to $17. A strip of 10 student tickets will rise $1 to $14.50 with the student weekly unlimited ride pass rising $1 to $15.50. Seniors tickets will increase from $8.50 to $9.50 for a strip of 10. The annual seniors’ pass will go up $10 to $130 while the semi-annual pass increases $5 to $75. Children’s tickets rise $1 to $9.50 for a strip of 10.

Pre-school children and blind patrons will continue to ride free.

The Mississauga Transit GO sticker which enables GO Transit monthly pass holders to easily transfer between the two systems will drop in price from $30 to $20. The $10 difference will be funded from GO Transit’s fare integration budget. This price break for GO/Mississauga Transit customers is anticipated to attract new riders who will now have a more affordable option when taking a combined bus/train trip.

New tickets will go on sale Monday, January 10, 2000. Effective January 10, old tickets purchased at the 1999 fare rate will require an additional 10 cents to be deposited into the farebox. Weekly passes purchased for the week of January 10 will be sold at the new price. Seniors annual and semi annual passes are on sale now at the new rate at the City Centre Transit Terminal and at the Civic Centre cashier’s counter, on the main floor. Seniors passes will go on sale at the Islington Subway Station on Friday, December 3, 1999 and at all other ticket agent locations on Monday, December 13, 1999.

Seniors 1999 passes are valid until January 31, 2000.

“We hope our customers will understand our position and can accept this first fare increase in four years. The additional fare revenues will help to fund planned system improvements to upgrade current service levels and meet demands for transit growth in newly developing communities,” said Mississauga Transit Director, Bill Cunningham.

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For further information: Terry Dubois, Marketing Coordinator, (905) 615-3171, Internet: terry.dubois@city.mississauga.on.ca




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