The following changes to Ride CK public transit fares and smart card products will be effective July 1, 2023:
Exact Cash for urban and inter-urban conventional services will be held at $2.50 and $5.00 respectively, having last risen in 2019;
Exact Cash for Chatham Accessible and Wallaceburg Accessible specialized urban transit services and the Demand-Responsive Wallaceburg urban service will be held at $2.50.
Riders who pay their fare using a Cash Pass will now receive a discount off the exact cash fare on all Ride CK transit services as follows:
$2.20* on all Chatham urban services, an increase from $2.16 (*A fare of $1.68 will apply on Chatham's fixed routes during off-peak hours)
$2.20 on all Wallaceburg urban services
$4.13 on all inter-urban routes, an increase from $4.06
The 30-Day Urban Pass will increase from $78.23 to $79.56 for adults, and from $61.47 to $62.51 for seniors (65+) and students (6 – 17). This product will now be accepted on all Ride CK Chatham and Wallaceburg urban services, including specialized transit.
The 30-Day Urban Pass available to low-income residents under the Affordable Bus Pass Program will be held at $40. This product will now be accepted on all Ride CK Chatham and Wallaceburg urban services, including specialized transit.
The Semester Pass will be held at $156.46 per semester. This product provides unlimited access to all Ride CK services – including inter-urban routes – all semester. Eligibility is limited to enrolled students at both St. Clair College Thames Campus and the University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus with valid Student ID for the current academic year.
The 22-Ride Pass for inter-urban routes will continue to be accepted but is no longer available for sale. Those riders are encouraged to adopt a Cash Pass to receive a greater per-trip discount.
A child five years and under continue to be free with a paying passenger on any Ride CK service.
Riders with an Accessible Pass will see the e-currency on their smart card automatically converted to a Cash Pass, enabling access to all Ride CK services. The Accessible Pass will no longer be available for sale. Chatham Accessible and Wallaceburg Accessible riders are encouraged to adopt a Cash Pass or 30-Day Urban Pass for a greater discount.
In addition to Municipal Centres, riders are reminded that smart cards can now be purchased or reloaded online. Riders without a credit card can also use that platform to register their smart card to their personal account in order to protect against loss or theft.