MiWay Extending its Affordable Transportation Pilot Program in Mississauga

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People worried about transit costs might be relieved to hear that MiWay's affordable transportation pilot program is set to receive a five-month extension.

At today's General Committee meeting, city council received a corporate report recommending an additional extension of the program.

The program allows residents to access affordable transit through a partnership that the city formed with the Region of Peel and designated Mississauga food banks.

The program was first launched in May 2016 and was initially being extended until March 31, 2017 (now, it appears it will be in place for even longer). As part of the initiative, low-income Mississauga residents can apply for discounted public transit fares. The program is open to residents of all ages who earn an income below the low-income measure (LIM) thresholds. So, if you're a single person who earns $19,930 or less a year, you can qualify. If you apply, you will be eligible for a subsidy of 50 per cent off a MiWay pass. You can apply here.

If approved by council on April 12, transit riders who are already approved for the program will continue to receive a 50 per cent discount on transit from May 1 to September 30, 2017.

"Program participants have told the City and Region that a permanent program is needed to address affordability of transit fares," said Geoff Marinoff, Director, Transit, City of Mississauga. "The additional extension will allow low income Mississauga residents to continue to ride transit at a 50 per cent discount while we evaluate all phases of the pilot program."

There are 1300 active users of the pilot program that are eligible for the extension. No new applicants will be approved during the five-month extension of the program.

Marinoff added that recommendations will be made to both city council and the Region of Peel through a full report in September 2017.

To learn more about the MiWay Affordable Transportation Program, click here.

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