The Transit Commission today received a report outlining the implementation timelines for the EquiPass Single-Ride Fare Program, known as EquiFare.
The purpose of this report is to respond to Councillor Blais’ motion, approved at the July 12, 2017 City Council meeting. Staff were directed to undertake the work required to recognize a single-ride fare option as part of the EquiPass program as soon as technically feasible in 2018 and once approved by Council as part of the 2018 Budget process. Councillor Blais’ motion also directed staff to provide the report as part of the Transit Commission’s consideration of Draft Budget 2018.
Should Council approve the EquiFare as part of the 2018 Budget, staff estimate that the new fare would be available to eligible customers before the end of June 2018.
The proposed EquiFare would provide eligible low-income residents with improved access to affordable transit and greater choice, allowing them to pay-per-ride or purchase a monthly pass. Eligible EquiFare transit users would receive the same 50 per cent discount as EquiPass customers. In the case of the EquiFare, the single ride would cost $1.75, compared to the 2018 regular fare of $3.45 per ride.
The proposed EquiFare helps create an even more affordable and inclusive City for residents who may be seeking employment, single parents, newcomers to Canada settling in Ottawa, and residents living on low-income wages.
By offering the proposed EquiFare, the City is helping those who would otherwise not be able to afford to get around the city, either to maintain or find meaningful employment, or to access healthcare, grocery stores, recreation and other services.
The Transit Commission also recognized six OC Transpo employees who exemplified the values of the Transecure program during the months of April, May, June, July, and August by demonstrating compassion and concern for individuals in need.
Transecure is a community watch program on wheels. OC Transpo employees are the eyes and ears of our community, looking out for the safety of all people and offering a safe haven in any OC Transpo vehicle for anyone who needs it. More information on OC Transpo’s Transecure program can be found on octranspo.com.