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Waterloo council endorses changes to Grand River Transit subsidies

A Grand River Transit bus travelling eastbound on King Street West beside the Grand River Hospital ION LRT station in Kitchener.
A Grand River Transit bus travelling eastbound on King Street West beside the Grand River Hospital ION LRT station in Kitchener. Nick Westoll / File / Global News

More changes appear to be in the works for Grand River Transit (GRT).

On Wednesday night, Waterloo Regional Council endorsed a new Low-Income Transit (LIT) program which could see major changes to rider subsidies.

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GRT currently provides a 15 per cent discount off a monthly adult pass and stored value fares to students and seniors.

Under the new LIT program, riders whose household income fell below a certain threshold would be eligible to receive discounts on a monthly adult pass and stored value fares.

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For example, the market basket measure threshold for a single-person household would be $18,346 and for a four-person household would be $36,872.

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With council giving its endorsement, the plan will still need to go through public input and budget process before it can be considered for final approval.