Travel fares hike starts on April 1
If you were worried that free bus travel for students would be taken away in the latest Budget, rest assured that the student exemption stands — but other fares are set to rise on April 1.
Multi-day passes bear the brunt of the fares increase. An adult pays $3 in cash for a three-zone bus trip, which will rise to $3.50 next month, while a book of three-zone tickets is to go up from $20 to $25.
A one-day pass will go up from $15 to $19; a two-day from $25 to $31; a three-day from $35 to $44; four days, $44 to $48.50, and seven days from $56 to $62.
Shadow Transport Minister Lawrence Scott said the Opposition appreciated the need for the Government to raise revenue, and said he had “no major concerns” with the move.
The same fares hike is set for monthly, quarterly and multi-day passes on the Island’s ferries.
At present, an adult pays $4.50 in cash for a West or East End ferry service; that fee will rise to $5. For children, it will jump from $2.50 to $2.75, while a $30 book of 15 tickets covering 14 zones will go from $30 to $37.50. Taking a motorcycle on a ferry, which costs $4, will rise to $4.50.
The fares increases, which are soon to go before the Bermuda Senate for final approval, emerged from a fares review last month. Fares were last increased in 2013.
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