Get ready for higher transit fares in Metro Vancouver

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      The regional transportation authority is reminding residents that the cost of boarding a transit vehicle is going up on July 1.

      At the end of March, TransLink's board of directors approved a hike of 10 cents for single-use adult fares. Fares for single-use concession fares will go up by five cents and the day passes will cost an extra quarter.

      Depending on the number of zones, monthly passes will rise from $1 to $2.

      "Just like today, customers paying cash on a bus will need exact change.," TransLink said in a news release. "Compass Card holders who use Stored Value will continue to enjoy a discounted fare compared to cash customers."

      According to TransLink, the fare hikes "will help fund improvements to the region's transit and transportation system, including service increases for bus, SkyTrain, HandyDART, and SeaBus".

      The news release was issued a few hours after NDP Leader John Horgan told his Twitter followers that he would be riding SkyTrain and seeking their feedback about transit issues.

      Single-zone adult fares are $2.75 and will rise to $2.85. The two-zone fare will go up to $4.10 from $4, and the three-zone fare will increase to $5.60 from $5.50.

      One-zone adult monthly passes will go from $91 to $93.

      Two-zone adult passes will increase from $124 to $126.

      Three-zone adult passes will set users back $172 on July 1, up from $170 today.