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Ottawa transit riders are paying one of the most expensive fares in Canada to board the bus and the O-Train, and fares are set to increase an average of 2.5 per cent in 2024.

The city of Ottawa's draft budget includes an increase in OC Transpo fares, with a monthly adult fare going up $3.25 a month and cash fares increasing a dime.

If approved by council, the cost of a new adult monthly bus pass will be $128.75, while a single-trip cash fare will be $3.85.

A look at transit fares across the country shows Ottawa has the fourth-highest transit fares in Canada for an adult monthly bus pass and an adult single-trip cash fare.

Toronto's TTC has the highest monthly adult transit pass fare in Canada at $156, followed by Brampton Transit at $141.25 and Mississauga's MiWay at $131.

Gatineau's STO is increasing transit fares in 2024, with the cost of an adult monthly pass increasing $5 to $110. Kingston Transit charges $80 a month for an adult monthly pass.

CTVNewsOttawa.ca looks at the cost of adult monthly bus passes and single-trip fares at transit networks across Canada.

Adult monthly bus fares

  • Toronto TTC - $156
  • Brampton Transit - $141.25
  • Mississauga MiWay - $131
  • OC Transpo - $128.75 (2024 rate) (2023 rate is $125.50)
  • Hamilton Transit - $118.80
  • Calgary Transit - $112
  • Longueuil's RTL - $108
  • Winnipeg Transit - $107.80
  • Gatineau STO - $110 (2024 (2023 rate is $105)
  • Metro Vancouver Translink - $104.90 (1-Zone)
  • Edmonton Transit - $100
  • STM Montreal - $97
  • RTC (Quebec City) - $94.50
  • Grand River Transit (Kitchener-Waterloo) - $92
  • Regina Transit - $88

Adult single-trip cash fare

  • Gatineau STO - $4.50 (2024) (2023 rate is $4.25)
  • Brampton Transit - $4.50
  • Mississauga MiWay - $4
  • OC Transpo - $3.85 (2024) (2023 rate is $3.75)
  • Longueuil's RTL - $3.75
  • STM Montreal - $3.75
  • Grand River Transit (Kitchener-Waterloo) - $3.75
  • RTC Quebec City - $3.75
  • Calgary Transit - $3.60
  • Edmonton Transit - $3.50
  • Hamilton Transit - $3.50
  • TTC Toronto - $3.35
  • Regina Transit $3.25
  • Kingston Transit - $3.25
  • Winnipeg Transit - $3.15

2024 OC Transpo fare hikes (2023 fares in parentheses)

  • Adult monthly pass - $128.75 ($125.50)
  • Youth monthly pass - $99.25 (96.75)
  • Senior monthly pass - $49 ($47.75)
  • Community monthly pass - $43.25 ($43.25)
  • EquiPass monthly pass - $58.25 ($58.25)
  • U-Pass (per semester) - $229.07 ($223.48)
  • Adult single-ride fare (cash) - $3.85 ($3.75)
  • Senior single-ride fare (cash) - $2.95 ($2.85)

Correction

The senior single-ride fare will increase 10 cents to $2.95 in 2024, under the proposed city of Ottawa budget.

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