Majority of Winnipeg Residents Support Low-Income Bus Pass: Poll

Majority of Winnipeg Residents Support Low-Income Bus Pass: Poll

Winnipeg Transit
(WINNIPEG TRANSIT / FILE)

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.

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