OTTAWA — A transit advocate wants the city to increase parking fees and use the money raised to freeze transit fares.
Trevor Haché, vice president of the Healthy Transit Coalition, tells Metro Ottawa that the price of a monthly transit pass has increased by $32.75, with bus tickets going up in cost by $1.40, while on-street parking fees have been unchanged since 2008.
In 2015, Ottawa city council approved 2.5 per cent fare increases through 2018.
Haché cites something called the Simpson-Curtin rule, which was developed by a Philadelphia planning firm. The rule says that transit ridership declines by one per cent for every three per cent increase in transit fares.
Haché tells the paper while it’s unlikely increased parking fees alone could cover the cost of a transit fare freeze, he thinks declining OC Transpo ridership means it’s time for the city to try a new approach.