Ottawa Citizen >> 'This makes a big difference': Proposed low-income OC Transpo pass coming in 2017

Ottawa residents who live at or below the poverty line may soon qualify for cheaper rides on OC Transpo.

A proposed new low-income pass would offer eligible riders a deep discount on the monthly adult general pass if they live at or below Statistics Canada’s low-income cut-off of approximately $20,000 or less a year for individuals, or an annual income of $38,000 for a family of four.

The low-income transit pass will be offered by OC Transpo as a new type of monthly transit pass and will not be subsidized by increasing the cost of other transit passes, Mayor Jim Watson said Tuesday.

“We believe this is a fairer way to reach more people without harming other pass holders in the OC Transpo family,” he said, standing at a podium emblazoned with a sign that read “Affordable Transit For All.”

But specific details about the new pass — including the cost and revenue stream that will pay for it — won’t be revealed until the city tables the draft 2017 budget on Nov. 9. Read more >

Source: Ottawa Citizen, Matthew Pearson, Oct. 4, 2016