London city council considering discounted youth bus passes
A plan to possibly give teenagers discounted bus passes is in the works at London City Hall.
During yesterday’s community and protective services committee meeting, Coun. Phil Squire brought up the gap in subsidized bus ridership in London.
He said kids 12 and under can ride the bus for free, university and college students get passes wrapped in with their tuition and low-income adults get a discount. But when it comes to teenagers, it seems they got the short end of the stick.
To combat these issues, Squire wants to see a two-year pilot project for those riders not covered by current programs.
At the meeting, Squire requested staff prepare a proposal for the reduced passes for those aged 13 to 17. It was unanimously approved by the committee.
Currently, there is no timeline for when the proposal will be presented to the committee.
Last year, council approved a $52-a-month pass for low-income adults.
Teens must pay $81 a month, regardless of their financial status.
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