Welland Transit will offer reduced fares for low-income riders in the new year

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Published November 4, 2021 at 2:05 pm

Welland Transit will start offering reduced fares for low-income riders in the new year.

The city announced today (November 4) that it “identified a need within its fare structure to assist a demographic of riders to make transit more accessible.”

Qualified customers are those actively registered with the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP). Privacy and confidentiality of the qualified individuals remain protected – even from the city – because the Hope Centre in the group that will issue the passes accordingly.

The issued passes will be coded with the applied discount but the pass will look exactly the same as a regularly priced pass.

The current price for an adult 31-day municipal pass is $85. The price for the reduced pass would be $50.

“We try to provide great service for all riders of Welland Transit,” said Ed Zahra, city transit manager. “We also try to provide compassionate service, and in this case, it’s recognizing the population of riders who would benefit from service at a reduced rate.”

After creating the swipe pass in 2019, Welland also said the previously issued punch-style passes won’t be accepted after December 31.

 

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