November 3, 2014 3:37 pm
Updated: November 3, 2014 3:38 pm

Councillors support sliding-scale transit fares for low-income Calgarians

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CALGARY – City councillors have voted in favour of a proposal aimed at giving low-income Calgarians improved access to buses and C-Trains.

Right now, it costs low-income Calgarians $44 a month to ride the bus or C-Train, while low-income seniors pay $15 a year.

The proposal, brought forward by the group ‘Fair Fares Calgary,’ calls for transit fares for low-income Calgarians to be dictated by a sliding fee scale, regardless of age.

They want Calgary Transit to combine the low-income transit pass and senior’s low-income transit pass into one program, which would be based on a person’s ability to pay.

The proposed sliding scale transit pass would start at $54 annually for people at the poverty line and only include those making up to $29,000 a year.

On Monday, councillors voted unanimously to send the proposal to administration for further study.

The issue will be back before council within a year.

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