On May 24, 2018, First Call presented to the Joint Public Meeting of the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation and TransLink’s Board of Directors. First Call’s comments added to those from a delegation of speakers including the Single Mothers’ Alliance of BC and the TripEd Campaign.
First Call drew attention to Recommendation #20 from First Call’s 2017 Child Poverty Report Card:
The provincial government should work with local governments and transit authorities to develop a plan that will provide free public transit for minors (ages 0-18).
In addition, we recommended:
- free or reduced transit for all low-income people regardless of their demographic profile;
- stop fining minors for fare evasion; and
- look at the potential negative implications of distance-pricing on low income households.
“We need a fair transit fare structure to ensure no low-income parent, child or youth misses a doctor’s appointment, a day at school or a visit to the community centre because public transportation is unaffordable.”
– Helesia Luke, Communications and Development Coordinator at First Call