May 26, 2016 6:42 pm
Updated: May 26, 2016 6:52 pm

Low-income transit pass coming to Edmonton

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The province and the city have partnered to bring low-income Edmontonians a more affordable transit pass.

The low-income transit pass program will cost $12.4 million over the next three years. The cost will be split by the Alberta government and City of Edmonton.

Mayor Don Iveson estimates 20,000 people will benefit from the pass. It’s part of the province and city’s efforts to reduce and prevent poverty.

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“Making public transit more affordable and accessible will enable more Edmontonians to reach their workplace, meet their health needs and take part in the community,” Iveson said. “This is a key End Poverty Edmonton recommendation and significantly advances the city’s partnership with the Alberta government on meeting the needs of our vulnerable population.”

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“A low-income transit pass in Edmonton will make it easier for families to get around the city to access jobs, education, health care, community resources and government services,” Minister of Human Services Irfan Sabir said.

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The passes will not be available until September 2017. Eligibility for the pass will be based on income.

More information on the low-income pass is posted below.

Low Income Transit Pass Edmonton

 

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