With the new School Fees and Costs Regulation and the School Transportation Regulation proclaimed by the Alberta Government, students and parents will save hundreds with transit fee reduction.
The Bill which will go into effect in September 2017, states that students who live 2.4 kilometres or more from their designated school and take municipal transit to and from school will only pay – at most – the difference between the cost of a municipal transit pass and provincial transportation funding.
The province says based on current fees for student transit riders, savings for eligible Edmonton junior high and high school students are expected to be at least $300 per school year, and adds that many students in Calgary are expected to save approximately $550 per school year.
Students riding transit in Calgary, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Red Deer and Sherwood Park will all see the savings.
Approximately 33,000 students across the province will benefit as a result of lower transit pass fees.
Transit pass breakdown for eligible students in Calgary:
- Transit pass cost: $700 ($70/month for 10 months)
- Provincial transportation funding: $549/year
- Maximum transit pass cost: $151 ($15/month)