The ARTM, or the Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain, has published today the updated fares for train, bus, and metro networks in Montreal, Laval, and the South Shore.
The new, updated fares represent an increase of about 2% and reflect inflation and the increase of maintenance costs. Amongst other fares, the monthly OPUS card and the single-pass fares are increasing.
These price hikes affect the exo lines, the RTL, the STL, and the STM. The reduced fare passes (passes for students, children, and senior citizens) are unaffected by the hike.
The single-pass fare will be increasing from $3.25 to $3.50, and the two-pass fare will increase from $6.00 to $6.50. This is the first time since 2015 that the single-pass fare has increased.
The regular-price monthly fare will also increase from $85 to $86.50.
For STM customers who buy the monthly pass every month, this will mean an extra $18 a year spent on transport, which is not a dramatic dent in your budget.
However, the STM does have special offers for OPUS Card users who purchase annual subscriptions.
For those less frequent users who buy two-pass tickets approximately once a week, the increase is steeper: it will cost those users an extra $26 a year.
Obviously then, the brunt of the price increase will be paid by users who buy single-passes or tourists who get three-day passes.
Nevertheless, many feel that the current price Montrealers pay for their monthly pass is too high. A recent study by Youthful Cities put Montreal as the second best place for young people to work.
According to the study, "If it was a bit more affordable in transportation it would have been our #1 city overall."
Guess we're not topping that list anytime soon.