New Unified Transit Fares and Passes for 2018
New fare structure effective April 1, 2018.
The City of Vernon, the District of Coldstream, and the Regional District of North Okanagan have jointly approved changes to transit fares to coincide with the planned service expansions in spring 2018. The simplified fare structure will be easier to use and less costly to administer. The existing single zone and multi-zone fares will be unified into one, reducing the number of fare products from 14 to 5.
There will one cash fare of $2.50 for all transit services, including handyDART, with one exception being the Route 90 - UBCO which will be $5.00 due to the distance between Vernon and Kelowna. Transit users with monthly passes, including U-Passes, will be able to ride the Route 90 - UBCO at no additional cost. Further details about interregional transfers will be released at a later date.
Fare reviews are conducted periodically to ensure that fares keep up with the cost to provide transit services. Vernon Regional Transit fares were last reviewed in 2004 and handyDART fares were last reviewed in 1996.
2018 Fare Structure
Effective April 1, 2018
|Vernon Regional Transit System||Route 90 - UBCO|
|Monthly Pass – Adult||$55.00||$55.00|
|Monthly Pass – Student / Senior||$40.00||$40.00|
|Student Semester Pass||$120.00||-|
*handyDART fares will be increased in two phases: the first increase will be from $1.75 to $2.00 effective April 1, 2018 and the second increase will be from $2.00 to $2.50 effective April 1, 2019.
Transit in Vernon
During the community consultation for the Transportation Plan, Vernon residents articulated that their number one transportation priority was public transit improvements. A safe, reliable, frequent transit system has many benefits to the community.
- Lower greenhouse gas emissions
- Greater mobility for seniors and youth
- More travel options for families
- Less money required for new road infrastructure
- Fewer cars on the road