New bus fares from Monday

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The cost of catching a bus in Timaru is about to change.
‘Some fares will be increased and some will be decreased’
From Monday,adults will pay $2.40 for a cash fare on city bus routes — up from $2 — while Metrocard fees increase 5c to $1.55 on the same routes.
Child fares tumble by 20c to $1.30 on cash fares, and by 10c to 90c on Metrocard fares for the corresponding routes.
‘‘We’ve decided to decrease child fares so they are more in line with greater Christchurch fares where the cost is just over half of that of an adult,’’ Environment Canterbury passenger services manager David Stenhouse said.
From Monday, bus and ferry fares across Canterbury would increase by an average 2.5% overall, he said.
‘‘It was originally proposed to be 10% but was cut back after community feedback,’’ Mr Stenhouse said.
‘‘While the overall increase is 2.5%, some fares will be increased and some will be decreased . . . ‘‘We want the Timaru metro service to provide a reliable service into the future so it must be funded properly. This includes small incremental increases now rather than a larger one in the future.’’
ECan was encouraging passengers to pay by Metrocard as ‘‘it’s quicker, speeds up boarding and increases travel time reliability’’, Mr Stenhouse said.
The fare changes did not include Washdyke and Temuka routes, he said.
Meanwhile, regular Timaru bus service user Danielle Jones said she was not surprised by the fare increases.
‘‘Everything seems to be going up in price. I would imagine this will be to cover costs.’’
Ms Jones said she was a cash-paying passenger and would change to the Metrocard system.
‘‘I will probably get a Metrocard. It’s a significant saving.’’