TransLink recommends distance-based fares for SkyTrain, SeaBus, and future rail projects

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      Metro Vancouver's regional transportation authority has moved one step closer to rejigging its complicated fare system.

      Today, TransLink announced that it favours "pricing by distance on SkyTrain, SeaBus and future rapid rail projects, with a flat fare staying in place for bus".

      This came after hearing 55,000 responses in phase four of its fare-review process.

      "The maximum fare would remain the same as the three-zone fare," TransLink said in a news release. "Customers already paying the maximum fare would not pay more."

      Monthly passes would reflect distance-based pricing, but concession fares would still be offered at a flat rate.

      TransLink is seeking feedback on these "draft recommendations" until June 29.

      The final recommendations will have to be approved by the TransLink board and the TransLink Mayors' Council.

      The current TransLink adult single cash fare will increase on July 1 to $2.95 for one zone, $4.20 for two zones, and $5.70 for three zones.

      On July 1, monthly adult passes will be $95 for one zone, $128 for two zones, and $174 for three zones.

      A provincial Crown corporation, B.C. Transit, introduced a three-zone fare system for the Lower Mainland in 1984.

      It remained in place when TransLink was created in the late 1990s.

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