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TransLink cuts FareSavers, free Sunday rides

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

FareSavers program is among those being eliminated by TransLink starting Jan. 1, 2014. (FILE PHOTO)

FareSavers program is among those being eliminated by TransLink starting Jan. 1, 2014. (FILE PHOTO)

FareSavers, free Sunday travel for monthly pass holders’ families, and an option that gave companies a 15% discount to take transit are being eliminated by TransLink.

Derek Zabel, TransLink spokesman, said Tuesday the changes take effect on Jan. 1, 2014.

Customers who take family members aboard transit for free on Sundays and holidays won’t be allowed to do that after the changes.

“Giving discounts to a select group of people, or companies, just is not fair to everyone,” he said.

Zabel said the purpose of the program had been to generate more riders. Since 1999, TransLink has seen ridership increase by 84%.

Another policy, which allowed companies with more than 25 employees to get a 15% discount for a fee, is being eliminated.

Seven-day and 28-day passes for the West Coast Express are also being replaced by monthly passes, which are used by other modes of transit. Also for the West Coast Express, Valley Max passes will no longer be accepted, effective Nov. 1.

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