MiWay Piloting Programs for Lower-Income Residents in Mississauga

With affordable living being top of mind for so many, it's good to know that some cost effective transportation options are available for lower-income residents.

At today's general committee meeting, Mississauga city council received information on two MiWay Low-Income Pilot Programs. These programs will, ideally, allow residents to access affordable transit through a partnership that the city is forming with the Region of Peel and designated Mississauga food banks.

The first program is actually one that's been around for a few months.

The MiWay Affordable Transit Program was first launched in May and is being extended until March 31, 2017. 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.

Applications will be accepted until Oct. 31 on a first come, first serve basis up to a maximum of 2,500 participants.

The second program is the new Discount Transit Ticket Program Pilot for Mississauga Food Banks and will run from Nov. 1 to Dec. 31, 2017. That program will allow designated food banks identified by the Region of Peel to purchase transit tickets at a 50 per cent discount.

"The Affordable Transportation Pilot Project and the addition of the Discount Transit Ticket Program Pilot build on the city's strategic goal of ensuring affordability and accessibility," said Geoff Marinoff, Director, Transit. "It is important that we look for ways to provide affordable transit options for those who need and rely on it to commute to work and appointments."

According to the city, the food bank program was created to "better understand the transit needs for food bank clients and support affordable transit in the city."

Once the pilots have concluded, council will look at the results and decide what to do in terms of providing affordable transportation options going forward.

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