Diesel cost ups Montreal bus fares

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MONTREAL, Que. – Truckers in Quebec aren’t the only ones being hit by higher diesel-fuel prices. To cover the increasing cost of running its buses, the Montreal Urban Community Transit Corp. is raising its fares as of Jan. 1.

The city’s mass-transit system includes 1,600 buses, which burn 48 million litres of diesel a year. On New Years day, the price of a regular monthly pass will increase to $48.50, from $47, the price of a monthly student or seniors pass will increase to $22.50 from $20, and the price of a booklet of six tickets will climb to $8.50 from $8.25.

Regular cash fares will remain unchanged at $2. Students and seniors will pay $1 each ride.

“If we hadn’t had to deal with these phenomenal costs, the fares would certainly have gone up a lot less,” MUCTC chairman Frank Zampino said in November while announcing the transit authority’s $699 million budget for 2001.

The rate increase is expected to bring-in an additional $9 million. The fuel is expected to cost $10 million. n

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