As a member of The Alliance Against Poverty, and personally, I support the development of a free transit fare system for those of low income.
As a public service, transit is required to access supports that are vital to the advancement and survival of low income community members. Though it is not a poverty solution alone, it supports all other poverty elimination efforts. The cost is too high for many, often eliminating usage by those in our community who are already facing financial hardship.
There are so many reasons that it is imperative that transit service be affordable to all.
Public transit is vital to lessening car usage and preserving the environment for the future generations. Urban sprawl has created increased distances of travel for both professional and personal purposes. Nothing is close anymore. Technological advances though often positive have left many feeling isolated. The mental health impacts of said isolation are negative on us all. We need to ensure that parents with young children, seniors, and others who are often housebound due to financial duress are able to participate within our community.
We need to be working towards the development of a fairer fare system, one that can accommodate all potential riders, regardless of financial status.
Public Transit needs to operate as a public service to our community, not a business looking to profit from our poorest members, who are most likely to require it.
Read more on this action via additional links below:
The Alliance Against Poverty
2016 Regional Council Presentation
Free Transit - Related news articles
Community Forum: Free Transit for Low Income Individuals
Free Transit Petition
Community Forum on Free Transit Summary