Transit fares will increase up to 45 cents in Durham today (July1)

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Published July 1, 2024 at 11:38 am

Durham Region commuters will face higher bus fares starting today (July 1.)

Durham Region commuters will face higher bus fares starting today (July 1.)

Adults using a Presto fare card or e-ticket for a single trip will see their fare rise to $3.60, up from $3.35 in 2023, while those paying with cash or open payments (debit or credit) will pay $4.60, up from $4.35 last year.

“The new PRESTO E-Tickets app allows users to avoid the $4 card fee, and Android users can now pay fares by tapping a digital PRESTO card in Google Wallet or on compatible devices,” the transit company notes on its website.

According to Durham Transit’s website, using Presto remains the most cost-effective option for riders, offering savings of $10 for every 10 trips.

Here are the other adjusted fares for the remainder of 2024:

Single-ride cash fares, including debit and credit payments, will increase 35 cents to $4.35 for adults and youth, and 45 cents to $3.20 for seniors.

Monthly fares will jump from $117 to $120.60 for adults; $93.50 to $96.50 for youth; and $46 to $48.25 for seniors.

Kids 12 and under will continue to ride for free.

In addition, from June 21, 2024, to July 15, 2024, Durham Region Transit offers a special 2-for-1 Summer Youth Pass, valid for travel from July 1 to August 31, 2024. Priced at $103.68, this pass allows customers aged 13 to 19 to enjoy the entire month of August free of charge.

The Summer Youth Pass can be purchased at select locations, including Oshawa Centre Guest Services, Pickering Town Centre Guest Services, DRT Customer Service Centre in Ajax, Durham Region Headquarters in Whitby, and Scugog Municipal Office in Port Perry.

Online purchases are available at prestocard.ca or through the PRESTO app on iOS and Android platforms. The August pass will automatically renew on the purchaser’s Presto card before the start of August.

These fare adjustments and special offers are part of Durham Region Transit’s 10-year plan to improve services, shift to electric buses, and upgrade infrastructure for better commuter service.

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