Fares will still increase but the increases will be lower:
The change, moved by Councillor Brian McHattie and seconded by Councillor Sam Merulla, passed with only four opposing votes - Councillors Lloyd Ferguson, Margaret McCarthy, Brad Clark and Maria Pearson (Tery Whitehead and Dave Mitchell were absent).
The difference in revenue between the earlier fare increase and the final increase will be made up through $290,000 in taxes and $160,000 from the provincial gas tax.
Unfortunately, council is still unwilling to consider eliminating area rating, a system that allows residents in areas with less transit service to pay a lower transit levy, and for some residents to pay nothing.
As a result, downtown residents will still shoulder most of the tax increase.
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