Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Bus Corporation Boosts Fares by Nearly Five per Cent: Pay More to Ride the Bus in Saskatchewan

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Bus Corporation Boosts Fares by Nearly Five per Cent: Pay More to Ride the Bus in Saskatchewan

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REGINA - The wheels on the bus go round and round for Saskatchewan Transportation Company, but it will cost passengers a little more to hop on.

Passenger fares went up Sunday by about $1.45 based on an average one way trip of 188 kilometres. That's an average increase of 4.76 per cent.

The new average fare to ride the bus in Saskatchewan is $31.85. It will cost an adult $42.25 to ride one-way from Regina to Saskatoon.

The provincial Crown corporation says the increase is intended to generate additional revenue while still keeping fares reasonable for customers.

"We need to do a modest fare increase to offset partially increasing expenditures and to maintain fares close to that charged by other competitors," said STC spokeswoman Deanna Bergbusch.

Bergbusch said inflation also plays a role.

"We haven't done a fare increase since 2010 and we are actually below the western Canadian average and the western Canadian average has gone up, so we are further below it than we were," she said. …

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