The STM is giving a bit more notice this year than last of its fare hikes, but that's not going to make too many people happy about the news, since, of course, they're going up again, along with other city taxes.
In addition to the usual incremental increases in all fares, the STM is adding a couple of new ones to encourage occasional transit users.
One is a simple two-for-one-and-five-sixths, offering two fares for $5.50 instead of $6 when bought together. The idea is that if you're going somewhere by public transit, you're probably coming back the same way, and it makes sense to encourage this, even if it's only 50 cents off. (It also means if you buy two tickets at a time, you'll pay the same price per ticket as you did in 2010.)
The second new fare is more interesting. Called "Soirée illimitée", it permits unlimited travel after 6pm (it's not clear how late this goes) for $4, which is only $1 more than a single-trip fare. A day pass, allowing unlimited travel for 24 hours from the point of purchase, will cost $8 on Jan. 1.
And, as previously announced, people who use the Longueuil metro station won't be able to use their regular CAM passes as of Jan. 1. The deal with Laval means that the fare required for that station will increase gradually until it matches AMT Zone 3 rates. For now, the STM is selling what it calls the "CAM Longueuil" for $82, the price of a Zone 1 TRAM.
The tourist passes (allowing unlimited travel for 1 or 3 days) have gone up, but are still slightly below 2009 levels after the STM reduced them last year.
Here's the table, compared to last year:
|Monthly CAM||$72.75 ($70+ 3.9%)||$41 ($38.75 + 5.8%)|
|Weekly CAM||$22 ($20.50 + 2.5%)||$12.75 ($11.50 + 10.9%)|
|Three-day tourist pass||$16 ($14 + 14.3%)||N/A|
|One-day tourist pass||$8 ($7 + 14.3%)||N/A|
|Evening pass (after 6pm)||$4||N/A|
|10 trips (Opus card only)||$22.50 ($2.25/trip, $21 + 7.1%)||$13 ($1.30/trip, $12 + 8.3%)|
|Six trips||$14.25 ($2.38/trip, $13.25 + 7.5%)||$8.50 ($1.42/trip, $7.50 + 13.3%)|
|Two trips||$5.50 ($2.75/trip)||$3.50 ($1.75/trip)|
|Single fare||$3 ($2.75 + 9.1%)||$2 ($1.75 + 14.3%)|
And for fun, since all the media are doing it, here's what the regular fares were in 2001, 10 years ago:
- CAM: $48.50 (now 50% more)
- CAM hebdo: $13.50 (now 63% more)
- Six tickets: $8.50 (now 68% more)
- Single fare: $2.00 (now 50% more)
- Tourist (1 calendar day): $7 (now 14% more)
- Tourist (three consecutive days): $14 (now 14% more)
You can read the full 2011 budget here (PDF).