BY KELLY ROCHE
Seniors, keep those loonies handy.
One regular Route 13 user was thrilled to learn of the deferral.
“A lot of seniors live in poverty and can’t afford $7 to go and do groceries or go to the bank. It’s a lot of money,” said the senior, who didn’t want her name used.
“Bus fare kills us.” Regular cash fare – which increased by $0.25 last April – is currently $3.50.
Mississauga’s six-month pilot program launched June 29, allowing $1 cash fare for seniors during off-peak hours, including: weekdays from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.; weekdays after 7 p.m.; and anytime on weekends and holidays.
Isolated seniors make up 16.6 per cent of our population, according to Mississauga’s Vital Signs 2015 report presented at council October 28; the pilot program was proposed by Ward 5 Coun. Carolyn Parrish.
A study commissioned by the Institute for Research on Public Policy was released in early 2015, calling on municipalities to halt seniors’ specials.
WHAT SENIORS PAY
Ten tickets: $19
Five tickets: $9.50
Presto e-purse: $1.90
Senior ID card*: $5