Motion to consider sliding-scale low income transit passes

Date: November 18, 2020 

Report / Agenda: Transit Commission

 Item / Article: Motion

Re: Low income transit fares and means test

Moved by / Motion de:                 Councillor C. McKenney

WHEREAS Ottawa has one of the most expensive transit passes in Canada; and

 WHEREAS Ottawa has one of the most expensive single-ride fares in Canada; and

 WHEREAS the average processing time for an EquiPass is six weeks; and

 WHEREAS the requirement to provide proof of annual income is a barrier to applying to the EquiPass; and 

 WHEREAS Canadian municipalities have moved from a single-price low income pass to a sliding scale fare;

 THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that staff examine options for sliding scale fares and passes; and

 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that staff examine options for eliminating the means test when applying for any low income or special pass; and

 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that staff report to Transit Commission on their findings including how other cities are managing these issues.

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