The increase will apply to all fares and is expected to generate an extra $4 million.

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TransLink’s board of directors has approved a 2.3 per cent increase in fares, effective Canada Day.

This comes as the Crown corporation deals with a huge slump in ridership due to COVID-19 fears.

On Thursday, the board voted to increase the cost of a one-zone compass card trip for an adult from $2.40 to $2.45, while an adult monthly pass will rise from $98 to $100.25.

The increase will apply to all fares and is expected to generate an extra $4 million.

Before the pandemic hit B.C. last March, TransLink was hoping to raise fares across the board by 4.1 per cent in 2020 and 4.6 per cent in 2021.

However, TransLink then agreed not to increase fares in 2020 and not beyond 2.4 per cent a year until 2024 as part of a COVID-19 funding agreement with the provincial government.

According to the transit board’s agenda, assaults on bus drivers fell in 2020 to 65, from 85 incidents in 2019. This was attributed to the significant drop in ridership.

TransLink also reported the decrease in ridership due to COVID-19 had not declined in a uniform way.

For example, routes serving industrial zones and construction areas had not been as hard hit at the 99-B line to UBC.

The board also decided not to offer hand sanitizer on buses after a pilot project that found the dispensers were little used and were expensive to maintain.

dcarrigg@postmedia.com

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