The City of Ottawa is planning to increase OC Transpo fares by 2.5% per year, but we already have some of the most expensive transit fares in Canada. We must speak out so people living on low incomes can afford to ride public transit.
Petition for Affordable Public Transit
To: Ottawa City Council, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON, K1P 1J1
- Freeze transit fares in Budget 2020 for people who use the Access, Community, and EquiPasses;
- Increase the standard transfer time from 1.5 hours to 2.5 hours.
- Increase the eligibility of the EquiPass by 15% above the Low-Income Cut-Off, as defined by Statistics Canada;
- Add 1 weekday of free transit use for people living on low-income; and
- Implement a sliding scale for transit fares, with different price bands based on people’s income (for example, in Calgary, if an individual earns less than $12,000 a year, their monthly public transit pass costs them less than $6/month).
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