McKenney agreed, calling the shelter initiative a first step in demonstrating that “free transit” is a policy goal that should be pursued by the city.

The Transit Commission also approved other McKenney proposals at its Nov. 17 meeting, including fare freezes for several years for OC Transpo’s community and equity passes, which are set at lower rates than regular transit passes.

The Equi Pass is available to city residents who meet a low-income threshold, and costs about half as much as a regular adult monthly pass. The community discount is available to individuals registered with the Ontario Disability Support Program.

“We know we can do better,” Haché said. “We need investments, we need expansions in the service, we need it to be seen as a public service and not run like a business. We need governments at every level to invest in public transit and we need people to get on and ride it.”

 

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