Bus fare to the drugstore currently costs seniors $1.50 for a one hour transfer (using a 10-ticket seniors book). On April 1 it will be $5.
Bus fare to meet a friend for coffee, with a one hour transfer now costs seniors $1.50.
On April 1 it will be $5 for a return trip.
A senior who needs an assistant to get to the doctor will have to pay $10 (covering the fare for the assistant). Seniors make many short bus trips: to the bank, post office, barber, grocery store, chiropractor, optometrist, exercise class, etc.
On April 1 each trip is going to cost them $5.
I think those two new (parking) garages downtown will soon be filled with cars of seniors who find it cheaper to drive to all these places. Having lost the advantage to use public transit will only increase traffic with only one occupant car travel.
What a short sighted way to cripple public transit. The senior’s ticket worked really well.