Should how much you pay for transit depend on how far you travel?
If you think so, now’s the time to say so.
TransLink is taking public feedback as the second phase of a major review of the fare system.
Spokesperson Chris Bryan says distance-based payment is one possibility getting a lot of attention.
“The three zones you know works to a certain extent, but there have definitely been things that people have found unfair, for instance if you live right next to a fare zone boundary and you’re just travelling a couple of stops on SkyTrain, sometimes paying two zones feels unfair whereas somebody can travel quite a long distance within a single zone and not pay that extra money.”
Bryan says three possible changes are getting the most attention.
“Frequency of use; that came up from our customers. Also distance traveled is definitely something people talk about, and would like to see something move in that direction, and time of day for sure.”
Other ideas include fares based on time of day, or frequency of travel.
Input is open through the TransLink website until February 17.
A short list of ideas changes will come by mid-year, with final changes presented in 2018.