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DRT, GRT raise fares, July 1



You’ll be paying more to ride the bus in Durham and Waterloo Regions to travel to various Canada Day events or fireworks displays. Fares increase in the two regional municipalities, starting tomorrow, Monday, July 1.


Back in January, Durham Region Transit’s Transit Executive Committee approved raising DRT fares by an average of 3 per cent in all fare categories.

The Region of Durham says the higher fares help it support the higher costs to operate DRT buses, while avoiding increasing property taxes. It says the new fares provide passengers with a larger discount if they buy tickets or monthly passes, instead of paying with cash.

You’ll have to throw in an extra dime into the farebox, starting tomorrow as cash fares will be $3.10, instead of just $3. The cost of a monthly pass goes up $3 to $103, while buying a strip of 10 adult tickets will set you back $27.80, instead of $27.

You’ll need another nickel to pay seniors cash fares tomorrow, as they jump five cents to $2. Seniors monthly passes cost $41.50, instead of $40.25.

Starting in September, DRT will no longer offer Student Restricted Monthly Passes. Instead, it will offer students monthly passes which are valid seven days a week, including holidays and school breaks. The changes were approved January 30, 2013.

DRT’s also reworking its long-standing “One Fare Anywhere” agreement with GO Transit, starting June 29. Since 2006, DRT has integrated GO Bus services as part of the DRT system, making travel in Durham Region simple and affordable. Passengers with a DRT ticket, pass or transfer could travel within Durham Region on GO bus without extra cost. DRT compensated GO for all DRT passengers travelling on GO buses in Durham Region.

You can view a list of DRT fares, starting tomorrow, Monday, July 1, here.


As part of Waterloo Region’s 2103 budget, its regional council approved raising Grand River Transit fares overall by seven per cent for 2013. In this way, the Region says, “passenger revenues can keep pace with increasing costs, [GRT can] sustain service improvements and [the Region can] balance its contribution to transit operating costs with transit fare revenues.

Although cash fares remain the same as in 2012 at $3, GRT is upping the cost of many of its other fare categories. For example, the cost to adult passengers for buying a monthly pass goes up by 6 percent from $68 to $72. Adults who buy strips of five tickets will see the price rise by 10 percent from $10.50 to $11.50.

The higher fares will hit hardest those seniors, elementary and high school students who buy strips of five lower-cost tickets. Their rates jump 11 percent from $9 to $10. However, only 4.6 percent of GRT passengers use this fare.

University students who use U-Passes make up 27.5 per cent of Grand River Transit riders. The price of the passes increases seven per cent from $67.50 to $72.23 each month.

Although the 2013 Waterloo Region budget required GRT to cut service this summer, GRT also plans to use the extra funds that result from raising the fares to improve its service. Later this year expect GRT to revise its services in several ways including:

  • Reorganizing service along the 5 Erb West, 6 Bridgeport, 12 Conestoga Mall, 13 Laurelwood, 29 Keats Way, 31 Lexington and 35 Eastbridge in Waterloo to provide more direct service and create connections to additional locations within the Region;
  • Increasing the hours of service;
  • Extending the path of buses operating along the 201 Fischer-Hallman iXpress route to Conestoga Mall; and
  • Establishing a new University iXpress route along Erb Street West and University Avenues West and East between The Boardwalk at Ira Needles Boulevard, the University Avenue / Northfield Drive East employment area and Conestoga Mall.

GRT says improving its service is key to:

  • Reducing transit travel times by creating more direct routes;
  • Reducing customer wait times by increasing frequency;
  • Increasing the number of potential destinations available to transit users;
  • Making sure buses arrive on schedule; and
  • Making transit more convenient to use for traveling later in the evening, weekends and during rush hours.

You can view a list of the GRT fares, starting tomorrow, Monday, July 1, here.


Recent fare increases


2013 fare increases

Barrie Transit raised fares Wednesday, May 1.

Burlington Transit raised fares Wednesday, May 1.

Brampton Transit raised fares Monday, April 1.

GO Transit raised fares Friday, February 1.

MiWay raised fares Monday, January 28.

Peterborough Transit raised fares Wednesday, January 2.

The TTC raised fares Tuesday, January 1.

York Region Transit raised fares Tuesday, January 1.

Oakville Transit raised fares Tuesday, January 1.

Burlington Transit revised fares for Handi-van (door-to-door accessible service) passengers Tuesday, January 1.

The Hamilton Street Railway revised fares for senior passengers Tuesday, January 1.


2012 fare increases

Durham Region Transit revised fares for DRT Specialized Services (door-to-door accessible service) passengers Saturday, December 1.

Guelph Transit raised fares Saturday, September 1.

Durham Region Transit and Grand River Transit raised fares Sunday, July 1.

Barrie Transit raised fares Tuesday, May 1.

The St. Catharines Transit Commission raised fares Monday, April 2.

Brampton Transit raised fares Monday, March 26.

GO Transit raised fares Saturday, February 18.

MiWay raised fares Monday, January 30.

The TTC raised fares New Year’s Day, New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1.

York Region Transit and Oakville Transit alos raised fares New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1.

Milton Transit also raised fares New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1.

2011 fare increases

Guelph Transit and Port Colborne Transit raised fares Wednesday, September 1, 2011.

Grand River Transit, Niagara Falls Transit and Oakville Transit raised fares Friday, July 1, 2011.

Barrie Transit raised fares Sunday, May 1, 2011.

MiWay raised fares Monday, April 4, 2011.

Brampton Transit raised fares Monday, March 28, 2011.


2010 fare increases

Burlington Transit raised fares Thursday, April 1, 2010.

GO Transit raised fares Saturday, March 20, 2010.

Barrie Transit raised fares Monday, March 1, 2010.

Guelph Transit raised fares Monday, February 1, 2010.

The TTC raised fares Sunday, January 3, 2010.

The Hamilton Street Railway raised fares Friday, January 1, 2010.


2009 fare increases

Durham Region Transit raised fares Wednesday, July 1, 2009.

GO Transit raised fares Saturday, March 14, 2009.

The Region of Peel’s accessible door-to-door TransHelp service raised its fares Sunday, March 1, 2009.

Brampton Transit raised fares Monday February 16, 2009.

Guelph Transit raised fares Sunday, February 1, 2009.

Mississauga Transit raised the cost of fares Monday, January 26, 2009.

Burlington Transit raised the cost of cash fares, tickets and passes Sunday, January 4, 2009.

Barrie Transit raised the cost of monthly passes Thursday, January 1, 2009.

Oakville Transit raised the cost of adult cash fares Thursday, January 1, 2009.

York Region Transit raised the cost of adult cash fares Thursday, January 1, 2009.


2008 fare increases

Guelph Transit raised fares Sunday, July 6, 2008.

Durham Region Transit raised fares Tuesday, July 1, 2008.

Oakville Transit raised fares Tuesday, July 1, 2008.

GO Transit raised fares Saturday, March 15, 2008.

Mississauga Transit raised all fares Monday, February 25, 2008.

Brampton Transit “adjusted” fares Monday, January 28, 2008.

The Hamilton Street Railway raised fares Tuesday, January 1, 2008.

Mississauga Transit raised the cost of seniors passes Tuesday, January 1, 2008.

York Region Transit raised fares Tuesday, January 1, 2008.


2007 fare increases

The TTC raised fares Sunday, November 4, 2007.

Durham Region Transit raised all fares Sunday, July 1, 2007.

The Hamilton Street Railway raised fares Friday, June 1, 2007.

Barrie Transit raised fares Tuesday, May 1, 2007.

Milton Transit raised fares Monday, April 2, 2007.

Mississauga Transit raised fares Monday, February 26, 2007.

Brampton Transit raised fares [Monday, February 5, 2007.

York Region Transit raised fares Monday, January 1, 2007.

Durham Region Transit raised seniors and access fares only Monday, January 1, 2007.