Discounted Transit Pass Now Available for Low-income Residents in Brampton
Brampton Transit joins Region of Peel Affordable Transit Program
Brampton, ON (May 1, 2018) – Starting today, May 1, low-income residents in Brampton can apply for a 50 per cent discount off the regular cost of a monthly Brampton Transit pass. The Affordable Transit Program (ATP) is a partnership between the City of Brampton, City of Mississauga and the Region of Peel
“We’re pleased to expand the reach for the Affordable Transit Program and welcome Brampton on board,” said Janice Sheehy, Commissioner, Human Services, Region of Peel. “This program will improve the quality of life for low-income residents by providing better access to employment opportunities and community services.”
“This program is about fairness and levelling the playing field for low-income families,” said Mayor Linda Jeffrey. “It’s about understanding that in order for them to thrive they need to be able to afford transportation to get to work, to school and to appointments. We are proud to partner with the Region of Peel and City of Mississauga in supporting Brampton’s low-income residents by offering more affordable transit options.”
Brampton and Mississauga residents earning an income below the Low Income Measure thresholds are eligible to apply for a subsidy of 50 per cent off the cost of a monthly pass by visiting peelregion.ca/affordabletransit. Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis as of 9a.m. on May 1, 2018.
Applicants can apply online. They will require their most recent Notice of Assessment and a registered PRESTO card.
Background – Affordable Transit Program
Responsibility for permanent program delivery is shared between the partners. The Region will retain responsibility for screening applicants for eligibility, funding the fare subsidy and administrative costs. Brampton Transit will assume responsibility for PRESTO card administration and transit service.
In March 2018, City of Brampton approved participation in the Affordable Transit Program. This follows an approval by Regional Council and the City of Brampton in the fall of 2017, after a successful two-year pilot program with the City of Mississauga. Pilot results showed that the program allowed residents with limited financial means to access employment and community services. For every dollar invested, the social return on investment is $3.98.
About the Region of Peel
The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected community for life for more than 1.4 million people and approximately 163,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel’s services touch the lives of residents every day. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter at @regionofpeel.
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