Calgary Transit's $5.15 monthly transit pass for city's poorest kicks off April 1

Mar 31 2017, 9:27 pm

A motion which passed in City Council summer of 2016 is now going into effect.

Starting April 1 2017, monthly adult bus passes for low income users will cost between $5.15 and $51.50 monthly based on a sliding scale of their income. That is a discount of 50 to 95% off the regular monthly adult bus pass fare, which currently costs riders $101 per month.

Calgarians who makes around $12,000, below half the low income cut off, will be able to buy the pass for $5.15. The sliding scale part of it then gives someone who makes an income closer to the cut off, a 50% discount.

Calgary’s new transit pass will not cost the city any addition costs thanks to the $13.5 million of funding from the provincial government for low-income transit passes over the next three years.

To apply for the city’s Fair Entry program you can fill out a form online, by mail or fax, or in person at City Hall or the Village Square library.