The City of Fort Saskatchewan is freezing transit fares and is officialising an initiative that allows companions of people with disabilities to ride for free.

Transit fares will remain at $2 in 2022 after city council approved next year's budget last Tuesday (Dec.14). Richard Gagnon, the city's public works director, explained that the fare freeze was partly due to wanting to round the numbers down.

"It's difficult to do a two or three per cent increase on the $2.00 fee because we'd like to round up to the nearest $0.25 or $0.50 sometimes. So, at the end of the day, we decided just to keep the fees as is because we did some increases over the last two years," he explained. 

Additionally, the city has formalised a service that allows companions of people with disabilities to ride the bus at no cost. Gagnon explained the city already offered this service; however, it is now noted in the city's list of fees and charges.