The province and the city have come together to make it easier for low income households to get Transit Passes. Each party has kicked in $6.2 million, and that will be used to reduce the price of monthly bus passes by 60% for those who qualify.
Mayor Don Iveson explains why the city and province have made this move.
“We know that there’s a lot of demand today for people who have no choice and use the system and scrape together the dollars are having to choose between food, rent and transit, and if they need to get to work or they need to get to school to maintain enrollment, to maintain financial support, they’re going to choose transit. This will lessen the burden for those people right away.”
Iveson says that a report will come to the transportation committee in June regarding the administration and distribution of the reduced rate passes.
“Fall is sort of a logical time for a lot of transit system and service changes, but we’ll see what we can do. I’d love to see it start earlier, but that’s, I think, realistically what we’re aiming for, is fall of 2017 to begin to distribute the pass.”
The income cut off for the passes depends on the number of people living in the home, and is based on federal tax returns. You can see the cut off matrix by clicking here.
The reduced cost of the passes will chance as prices increase. Right now an adult pass is $91.50, so the reduced rate on the three year pilot project comes in at less than $37.00.