Pilot put in motion to increase access to transit for low-income residents
During our engagement sessions for the City’s poverty reduction plan, a lack of access to affordable transportation emerged as a major barrier that kept people in cycles of poverty.
Sandra Singh, General Manager of Arts, Culture, and Community Service
Today, Council approved an initiative that will explore how to make transportation more affordable for people on low-incomes.
The Reduced Fare Transit Pilot, which is based on the 2019 #AllonBoard campaign External website, opens in new tab, will be funded through $50,000 provided by the Union of British Columbia Municipalities.
Affordable transportation is known to lead to better health outcomes, social connection, employment, education, food security, recreation, and childcare for Vancouver residents living in poverty.
“During our engagement sessions for the City’s poverty reduction plan, a lack of access to affordable transportation emerged as a major barrier that kept people in cycles of poverty, said Sandra Singh, General Manager of Arts, Culture, and Community Service at the City of Vancouver. “We believe that this transit pilot will act as a catalyst to help improve the quality of life for low-income residents.”
Who we consulted with
In creating this proposal, staff consulted with people living in poverty and partners to understand what potential pilots would have the most impact.
About the pilot
The approved pilot is a reduced-fare transit program that will seek to design, test, evaluate, and make recommendations for free or subsidized single-zone transit passes in Vancouver for 50-100 people experiencing poverty, with Indigenous and racialized residents prioritized – including women, children, youth, and families, and people living in temporary modular housing.
The Low Income Transit Pilot was created by the City, in partnership with the Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Executive Committee, Simon Fraser University, TransLink, and other relevant Council Advisory Committees and partners.
When the initiative will be implemented
This initiative, which will likely be implemented in 2021, aligns with the Healthy City Strategy, the emerging equity framework, and our poverty reduction plan (going to Council by year end).