Winnipeg launches new low-income public transit program

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WINNIPEG –
On Friday, the City of Winnipeg announced the launch of a new low-income public transit program that will offer a 30% discount to eligible adults in the first year.

The city said that in three years people will get a 50% discount.

According to the city’s website, the breakdown of adult passes will look like this: from May 2020 to March 2021, there will be a 30% reduction. From April 2021 to March 2022, the discount will increase to 40%, and by April 2022, there will be a 50% discount for adult passes.

Derek Koop, president of Functional Transit, said this decision is for the community.

“This is a community investment. Not everyone has the ability to access transportation to access medical appointments, meet friends. You know, the city, the provincial and federal governments should work together to make sure this is accessible to all citizens, regardless of income, “said Koop.

Winnipeg residents between the ages of 18 and 64 can qualify for the WINNpass, but they must meet one of the following criteria:

  • They receive employment income assistance,

  • He is a new permanent resident or a refugee who has been in Canada for less than a year and has not yet filed a tax return; or

  • They are part of a household whose income is below the low income cut-off (LICO).

More information can be found online.

“A household includes all ages who live in the same dwelling and are related by blood, marriage, common-law relationship, adoption or foster relationship. Total income is the income level of all household members combined, “a city spokesperson told CTV News.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, pass requests are made by mail, fax and online.

Winnipeg Transit customer service centers are still closed due to the pandemic, so approved applicants will have to wait to collect and load WINNpass peggo cards with reduced fares when the centers reopen.

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