The City of Calgary has agreed to allow $5/month transit passes for those living in extreme poverty.
This is a great initiative, especially with so many cities in Canada doing the exact opposite. Monthly transit passes go as high as $170/month in Vancouver, $105 in Ottawa, and $91 here in Edmonton. However, Edmonton will be providing low income passes come September 2017, at a 60% discounted rate of the regular price.
Calgary already has a $44 monthly transit pass for those living in poverty, but that is still difficult to pay for those living in extreme poverty, hence the new $5 monthly transit pass.
The new low-income monthly passes will range from $5.15 to $51.50, depending no a person’s yearly income.
As things stand right now, before this new initiative goes into effect, adult monthly passes are going for $99 per month, with low-income passes going for $44.
Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi said it best:
This makes a huge difference in people’s lives. It gets them to medical appointments, to schools, to job interviews.Nenshi told CBC News.
This is a step in the right direction for Canadians that are having a hard time making it by. Calgary has taken initiative, and here’s to hoping that other cities in the province and country take note and do similar.
Edmonton, being it the capital city of Alberta, will also be providing low income passes to Edmontonians starting in September of 2017. However, the discounted passes are not nearly as cheap as Calgary tends to provide next year. The monthly passes in capital city will be sold to low income people for 60% off of the regular pass prices.
The new fees will come into effect in 2017.