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Kelowna transit costs rising, no word yet on possible fare increases

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August 24, 2016 - 5:30 PM

KELOWNA - No word yet on whether increased costs claimed by Kelowna Transit will translate into higher fares.

Council agreed Monday to the terms for the 2016-2017 operating agreement with B.C. Transit which includes a 2.3 per cent increase in costs for conventional transit.

Driving the increase, the company says, are the operating company’s fixed costs, hourly rate increases for unionized staff and upward pressure on fuel and leasing costs.

Costs also climbed for custom transit by 2.5 per cent from the last transit agreement while dropping for community transit by 2.7 per cent.

The report does not mention if fares will increase to cover the $459,000 jump for conventional transit.

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