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Keep your bus pass: LTC ups fares

By Dan Perry
Gazette Staff

Effective Jan. 1, the London Transit Commission has increased the cash fares and pass prices on their buses, but students are unlikely to feel the pinch provided they remember their passes.

“Cash [fares] and passes went up, but tickets remained the same,” said LTC general manager Larry Ducharme, noting that the student passes are covered by the current contract between the University Students’ Council and the LTC.

Ducharme called the motivations for the change purely economic. “[The LTC] has more service on the road, higher maintenance and fuel costs, and we’re carrying more passengers.”

USC general manager Mark Sellars explained the contract: “There should be no changes upcoming to the student bus pass. There’s a mechanism built into the contract based on the Consumer Price Index for the [Ontario] transportation industry.”

The 11 per cent jump in cash fares — from $2.25 to $2.50 — nearly doubles the rate of increase in this year’s USC undergraduate student bus pass over last year’s, which according to USC VP-finance Rohan Belliappa was 6.56 per cent.

“Our objective is to keep the prices of bus passes as low as possible for students, but there comes a time when the LTC has to make it financially feasible for themselves,” Belliappa said.
Steve Allen, student services manager for the USC, suggested passengers without universal passes — such as the USC pass — will need to analyze the way they spend their fares.

The current bus pass agreement between the USC and the LTC expires in April of this year, Allen noted, saying he has been in touch with the LTC and looks forward to a new round of negotiations.

Student Bus Passes since 1999
1999-2000 $ 80.00
2000-2001 $ 96.00
2001-2002 $ 98.35
2002-2003 $ 98.35
2003-2004 $104.75



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