Monday, September 22, 2008

Commuter Train Prices To Go Up

MTA Mulls 4% Fare Hike
-- The Montreal Gazette

A four-per-cent fare hike being contemplated for users of Montreal-area commuter trains isn't that big an increase when measured against other incentives and improvements commuters can expect in 2009, the head of the provincial agency that oversees off-island public transit said yesterday.

"What the (Metropolitan Transportation Agency) will propose to its board ... on Oct. 3 is a 15-per-cent reduction in the cost of commuter train tickets," said MTA chairperson Joel Gauthier. "We'll be offering free transport to children under 12 when they're accompanied by a parent and we'll be extending the student fare, which stops at students who are 21 years old, to those (students) who are 25-years-old.

"There is an indexation of the monthly passes at 4.3 per cent to cover the hike in fuel costs."

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