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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, Tuesday, 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, without 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 15 cents into the farebox, starting tomorrow, as cash fares will be $3.25, instead of just $3.10. The cost of a monthly pass goes up $3 to $106, while buying a strip of 10 adult tickets will set you back $28.50, instead of $27.80.

You’ll need another dime to pay seniors cash fares tomorrow, as they jump ten cents to $2.10. Seniors monthly passes cost $42.75, instead of $41.50.

Until Thursday, July 31, you can exchange “old” or expired tickets and the difference in value for new tickets or load a PRESTO card with the equivalent of the value of the expired tickets.

Until Saturday, November 1, you can also ask to exchange “old” tickets by writing to: Durham Region Transit, 605 Rossland Road East, Box 623, Whitby, Ontario, L1N 6A3.

If DRT approves your request, it will offer a rounded-down value of tickets may be offered to the customer. For example, it will exchange ten “old” tickets for nine new tickets.

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


As part of Waterloo Region’s 2104 budget, its regional council approved raising Grand River Transit fares Tuesday, July 1. The fare change affects tickets and passes, but not cash fares.

GRT says that “The fare change helps support ongoing improvements to transit service in the region as outlined in the 2011 - 2014 Grand River Transit Business Plan.”

Although cash fares remain the same as in 2013 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 $4 from $72 to $76. Adults who buy strips of five tickets will see the price rise by 85 cents from $11.50 to $12.35.

University students who use U-Passes make up 27.5 per cent of Grand River Transit riders. The price of the passes increases from $72.23 to $77.29 each month.

You can view a complete list of GRT fares, starting tomorrow, Tuesday, July 1, here.


Recent fare increases


2014 fare increases

Brampton Transit raised fares Monday, March 31.

GO Transit raised fares Saturday, February 1.

MiWay raised fares Monday, January 27.

Milton Transit raised fares Thursday, January 2.

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

York Region Transit raised fares New Year’s Day Wednesday, January 1.

Oakville Transit raised fares New Year’s Day Wednesday, January 1.


2013 fare increases

Durham Region Transit raised fares Monday, July 1.

Grand River Transit raised fares Monday, July 1.

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.