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York Region Council approves freezing York Region Transit fare at 2019 rates

YRT rates stay same to provide reliable transit system for travellers amid COVID-19 pandemic
Feb. 28, 2022
Aileen Zangouei

The rates for the York Region Transit (YRT) fares to be frozen at the 2019 rate has been approved again by York Region Council, as residents continue to feel the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"York Regional Council remains committed to providing a reliable and customer-focused transit system for travellers across the Region," said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson.

"Freezing transit fares will support travellers who rely on public transit to get to work, school and other places they need and want to go," Emmerson said.

Fares have not increased for the last three years due to the pandemic, and YRT continues to manage impacts to operating costs by adjusting service levels to meet demand, including replacing conventional service with demand response in lower ridership areas.

"YRT has continued to operate throughout the pandemic, ensuring transit remains a viable option for all residents," said Steve Pellegrini, Mayor of King Township and Chair of the Region's Transportation Services.

"Transit remains an essential service for many, and supports communities and travellers by maintaining fares and meeting the demands of customers through a variety of transit options," Pellegrini said.