Poverty, Access to Transit, and Social Isolation

In 2005 and 2006, the Vibrant Communities Calgary (VCC) Fair Fares Action Team garnered public support around the recognized need for public transit for low-income earners. The result was the City of Calgary’s approval of the Low-Income Monthly Transit Pass program. The Low-Income Monthly Transit Pass program makes transit passes available to low income Calgarians at $35 per month, in contrast to the $70 paid for a regular pass. In August 2005, this pass was made available to AISH recipients; in January 2006, to Calgarians with incomes under 75% of the Low Income Cut-Off (LICO). This report provides context and background information regarding access to transportation in Canada as a means to evaluate and offer recommendations for equitable access programs in Calgary.

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Calgary, AB, Canada