Winnipeg transit union calls for low income bus pass

Winnipeg Transit bus Osborne Station
There may be Winnipeg Transit delays or cancellations as drivers refuse to work overtime, city officials say. Global News / File

The Transit Union has commissioned a poll that finds most Winnipeggers would support a low income bus pass program.

The Probe Research poll finds 79 per cent of people would approve a pass where pre-approved residents could buy a sliding scale pass between $5 and $15.

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“For too long, transit service has deteriorated while fares have risen beyond control, hurting working families, students and seniors in Winnipeg”, Aleem Chaudhary, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union 1505, said in a statement.

“We want to give a small break to the people who need it most, who are already struggling with a low minimum wage, increasing hydro rates and rising rents.”

The idea is part of an upcoming review of all Winnipeg Transit services.

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The union says it would help reduce assaults on bus drivers, as most fights stem from fare disputes.

At the end of August, a Transit supervisor was dragged off a bus stopped at Portage Avenue and Colony Street after noting that a passenger hadn’t paid the full fare. He was beaten out on the street before police arrived. Three men, two of which were underaged, were arrested and charged with assault.

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