In First Call’s 2017 Child Poverty Report Card, we recommended the provincial government work with local governments and transit authorities to develop a plan that will provide free public transit for minors (ages 0-18) and free or reduced-fee transit access for low income families.
This week, Fresh Voices and Vancouver Foundation hosted an event to present findings from their new report, Employment, Mobility, and Integration: Experiences of Immigrant and Refugee Youth in Metro Vancouver, which also pointed to the need to invest in more frequent bus services during peak times, proper orientation to the transit system, and subsidized transit passes to address the needs of new immigrant and refugee youth.
On Saturday May 12th, Metro Van Alliance is hosting an event called Fares Fair; Affordable Transit For All. Minister Shane Simpson and TransLink will be attending to respond to proposals to address transit affordability – specifically for children, youth and low-income fares. It is an opportunity to follow-up with transit accessibility discussions from various organizations and share perspectives with decision-makers.