Strathcona County is reducing certain transit fees, as of July 1.
The new Mobility Bus fares will match the price for fixed-route local and commuter service.
“This important fare adjustment lessens the financial impact for Mobility Bus riders to get to medical appointments, work and social activities throughout Sherwood Park and into the Edmonton region,” said mayor Rod Frank. “This change is anticipated to increase overall access to affordable specialized transit, ultimately resulting in improved quality of life for residents.”
July monthly passes for Mobility Bus riders will be available beginning June 22 at the Bethel Transit Terminal and Shoppers Drug Mart on Wye Road. The new monthly adult commuter passes will be $108.50 and monthly adult local passes will be $54.25. Senior monthly commuter passes will be $32.55 and monthly senior local passes will be $16.30.
One-way cash fares for commuter service will be $6.20 (reduced from $7.75) and $3.10 (reduced from $5) for local trips. A ten-pack of local tickets will be $23.30 (reduced from $45) and a ten-pack of commuter tickets will be $46.50 (reduced from $70). Senior fare ten-pack pricing is also available.
There will be no change to rural fares into Sherwood Park, as there is no fixed-route transit service to align with.
The change comes as a result of the Transit Fare Strategy, approved by council in September 2016. In anticipation of increased ridership due to the lower fares, Strathcona County has increased the size of the Mobility Bus fleet, and invested in new scheduling software.
More details on accessible transit can be found here.