As of Jan. 1, it's going to cost a bit more to take the bus in Greater Sudbury.
Fares for Greater Sudbury Transit and Handi-Transit will increase by three per cent as 2019 begins, as approved under the city's miscellaneous user fee bylaw.
Greater Sudbury subsidizes about 60 per cent of the cost of operating a public transit service, the city said in a news release Thursday, with help from federal and provincial gas tax funds. The rest of the budget is drawn from fares, which helps to partially offset direct operating costs, such as fuel and maintenance.
Discounted fares are available for passengers age 65 and older, people who receive a disability pension and children age five or older who are shorter than 1.52 metres. For people in this category, fares are $2.50, a five-ride card is $10.50 and a 31-Day pass is $56. Children age four and under ride free.
For adults and students, cash fare is $3.40, a five-ride card is $13.50 and a 31-day pass is $93 for adults and $84 for students.
Individual day passes will remain available in 2019, providing a day of unlimited travel for $10.50. Family passes provide a day of unlimited travel for up to five people — including no more than two adults — at a cost of $16.50.
Greater Sudbury Transit operates a fleet of 59 accessible buses seven days a week, covering more than 4.2 million kilometres each year. Handi-Transit provides door-to-door transportation for persons with disabilities who are unable to use conventional transit services.
For fares and information, call 705-675-3333 or visit GreaterSudbury.ca's Sudbury Transit page.