A new poll suggests the majority of Winnipeg residents support the idea of a low-income bus pass.
The Amalgamated Transit Union 1505 commissioned Probe Research to conduct the poll, which found 79 percent of Winnipeg respondents favoured such a bus pass.
“For too long, transit service has deteriorated while fares have risen beyond control, hurting working families, students and seniors in Winnipeg,” said Aleem
Chaudhary, president of the ATU 1505.
“We want to give a small break to the people who need it most, who are already struggling with a low minimum wage, increasing hydro rates and rising rents.”
In Calgary, pre-approved residents can purchase a sliding scale bus pass for between $5 and $15 per month.
Chaudhary added that the majority of assaults and incidents on board Winnipeg Transit buses stem from fare disputes.
“As a union, we support any initiative that will make our workplaces safer and we see a low-income bus pass as a positive step forward. We also believe that we have a responsibility as workers providing a vital public service, to fight for those who need it most.”
The Amalgamated Transit Union 1505 represents 1,500 transit operators and maintenance workers in Winnipeg and Brandon.