Fair Fares and Fair Calgary Community Voices would like to inform you of the recent improvements to the Low-Income Transit Pass program.
These improvements include:
- More ways to prove income - Youth from 6 - 17 are now included in the Low Income Transit pass
- The income cut-off has been raised from 75% to 87.5% of LICO for 2013 with the cut-off being increased to 100% of LICO starting April 2014.
We are excited about these changes as they make it easier for people to apply for the Low-Income Transit Pass. This shows that City Council and Calgary Transit have listened to the community's input and have acted on their suggestions.
On Monday December 17th, 2012 the City Council will decided to include a pilot project to include youth living on low-income into the low-income transt pass program.
At the 'Community and Protective Services' Committee on December 5th, City Adminstration presented future steps on how to make City's low-income subsidies more affordable and easier to get and passed the recommendations to include youth living on low-income.
A report on the impact of using a sliding scale and single ride discounts is expected July 2013. In the meantime, on December 17th council still has to decide if youth are included in the program.
Fair Fares suports the study for a a proposed sliding fee scale should start at least 50% of the regular adult fare. We want to ensure families and youth are included in the current program to to help the many people who are being left behind who cannot afford to get on the bus.
Calgarians cannot afford the fees. Kids are staying home from school. Single parent families struggle to get to daycares and to work. Such high fees will put city services like transit and recreation out of the reach of many people and restrict access to jobs, swimming pools and health services. Our City can do better. We need to cut the red tape and make it easier for citizens living in poverty to make ends meet.
We encourage and thank the City Council for taking the next step to include youth living on low income and support the recommendations to create a simpler, more affordable fee structure . We look forward to implementing all of these changes by 2014.