Would you be happy paying for transit depending on how far you traveled?
We’re getting our first look at what the possible future of transit fares in Metro Vancouver could potentially look like.
A pay-by-distance model is one of the key takeaways of the first phase of TransLink’s Fare Policy Review.
Discounts for frequent commuters, time of day pricing, and even a flat fee across the system were ideas given to Translink by customers.
Spokesperson Chris Bryan says dissatisfaction with the three zone system was the biggest concern.
“People feel that the current zone based system can be a bit arbitrary and a bit unfair in certain circumstances. You can imagine, you’re living right next to a zone boundary and you’re travelling one stop on SkyTrain, you might find yourself paying two zones, whereas somebody else might travel within a single zone quite a fair distance while only paying one zone.”
The surveys found a strong preference for a distance based pay system, along with discounts for frequent riders.
The feedback will be used to identify possible key changes, which will be narrowed down to specific models by the spring.
A final recommendation on changes is due by 2018.