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Low Income Transit Passes for Alberta

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Low Income Transit Passes for Alberta

There’s really no other way to describe the pandemic than to say it really sucks. Even though the mantra is that we’re all in this together, the reality is that COVID-19 and the subsequent quarantine has impacted everyone differently. Some people have been able to make the switch to working from home without too much difficulty. Others have struggled with the transition, and some people have had their lives turned completely upside down. 

While everyone is trying to figure out their lives, Alberta’s public transit systems already had systems in place to help commuters. Each of the cities below and other regions in Canada offer low-income transit passes to commuters. If you qualify, you’ll pay a reduced rate for monthly public transit passes.

What you need to know about low-income transit passes in Alberta

Low-income transit passes are available in Alberta’s two largest cities, Calgary and Edmonton, making it easier for families and individuals to get to work and school, and travel within their local community.

 

Calgary Transit Low Income Travel Pass

The Calgary Low Income Travel Pass works on a sliding scale. The less income you make, the less you pay for the pass. There is a separate pass for seniors, but all eligibility for passes is decided through the Fair Entry application process.

Who can apply

To apply for the Calgary Transit Low Income Travel Pass, you must be a resident of Calgary, and your income must fall within the following low-income cut-off rate: 

  • Family size of 1 – $26,426
  • Family size of 2 – $32,899
  • Family size of 3 – $40,445
  • Family size of 4 – $49,106
  • Family size of 5 – $55,695
  • Family size of 6 – $62,814
  • Family size of 7 – $69,935

Cost of the Calgary Low Income Travel Pass

How much you pay depends on how much income you make every year. The less you make, the less you’ll have to pay. The minimum discount you will receive is 50% regardless of where you fall on the low income scale. For seniors, the Low Income Pass is $25 per year.

How to apply

To apply for the Low Income Travel Pass, you have to fill out the Fair Entry application form. You’ll need to prove that you are a Calgary resident, and you’ll also need proof of your income. Proof of income can be shown by: 

  • Assured Income for Severely Handicapped benefits (AISH)
  • Alberta Works: Income subsidy/support
  • Alberta Works: Learners
  • Alberta Works: Alberta Health Benefit
  • Resettlement Assistance Program
  • Independent youth letter (a letter from the school principal, guidance counsellor, or Child and Youth Support Program of Alberta Children’s Services)
  • Canada Revenue Agency: Notice of Assessment
    • The combined total income from line 150 for all adult household members is required.
  • Letter from a Registered Social Worker (RSW)

You can apply online, by fax or mail at the following contact addresses: 

If you have any questions, call the Calgary Transit General Line at 403-262-1000.

Transit Tip: Get real-time transit alerts and arrival times with Rocketman. Learn more about the Rocketman app for Calgary transit.

 

Ride Transit Program Edmonton

Edmonton’s Ride Transit Program uses a partnership with the government to offer youth and adults reduced costs for public transit passes.

Cost of the Ride Transit Pass

Depending on where you fall on the LICO scale, you’ll either pay $34 or $48 for a monthly pass.

Who can apply

To be eligible for the Ride Transit Program in Edmonton, you must meet one of the criteria: 

  • You are on AISH (Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped), or you receive the CPP-Disability Benefit (Canada Pension Plan)
  • You are on Government of Alberta Income Support or Learner Income Support
  • You are a new Permanent Resident or a refugee (to qualify, you must have been in Canada for less than one year and have not filed a tax return)
  • You are a child under government care.
  • You are receiving any type of government Employment Insurance (EI or CERB) (only the individual receiving EI or CERB will be eligible)
  • Your household income is included in the amounts* listed below:

If your income is less than LICO (low income cut off) + 10%, you now qualify for a $34 monthly transit pass. If your income is between 10% and 25% above LICO, you now qualify for a $48.50 monthly transit pass. The table below explains the LICO. 

People in Household
** 
Household Income for Ride Transit Program
($34 monthly pass) 
Household Income for Ride Transit Program
($48.50 monthly pass)
1 $29,069 $29,070 – $33,033
2 $36,189 $36,190 – $41,124
3 $44,490 $44,491 – $50,556
4 $54,017 $54,018 – $61,383
5 $61,265 $61,266 – $69,619
6 $69,095 $69,096 – $78,518
7 $76,929 $76,930 – $87,419

**Eligible households include yourself, partner or spouse, and dependent children aged 17 or younger (dependents over 17 must submit a separate application form with their own income and address verification).

How to apply

You’ll have to fill out the Leisure Access and Ride Transit Program application form and mail it in. There is no online or in-person application. Forms must be mailed to: 

Leisure Access & Ride Transit Program

PO Box 2359

Edmonton, AB, T5J 2R7

Take note that because passes need to be mailed, you should apply for each month’s pass as soon as it becomes available on the Ride Transit Program website. For example, passes for October will be made available by the beginning of September. They can take up to ten days to be mailed, so you need to be proactive in applying. 

If you have any questions, call 311 or check out the Edmonton Transit Facebook Page

 

Don’t let your income prevent you from commuting 

Everyone’s circumstances are different, but if you still need to commute daily (or regularly), don’t let your income prevent you from doing that. Take advantage of these programs so you can keep doing what you need to to take care of yourself and your family. As long as you’re being safe and respecting social distancing and mask rules, you should be able to travel as much as you need to. 

At Rocketman, we do our best to keep you ahead of your commute. Get real-time transit alerts, arrival times and try our new crowdedness feature to avoid busy times on your journey.

Download the Rocketman app:

Rocketman transit app for iOS

Rocketman transit app for Android

This article offers general information only and is not intended as legal, financial or other professional advice. A professional advisor should be consulted regarding your specific situation. While the information presented is believed to be factual and current, its accuracy is not guaranteed and it should not be regarded as a complete analysis of the subjects discussed. All expressions of opinion reflect the judgment of the author(s) as of the date of publication and are subject to change. No endorsement of any third parties or their advice, opinions, information, products or services is expressly given or implied by Royal Bank of Canada or its affiliates.

There’s really no other way to describe the pandemic than to say it really sucks. Even though the mantra is that we’re all in this together, the reality is that COVID-19 and the subsequent quarantine has impacted everyone differently. Some people have been able to make the switch to working from home without too much difficulty. Others have struggled with the transition, and some people have had their lives turned completely upside down. 

While everyone is trying to figure out their lives, Alberta’s public transit systems already had systems in place to help commuters. Each of the cities below and other regions in Canada offer low-income transit passes to commuters. If you qualify, you’ll pay a reduced rate for monthly public transit passes.

What you need to know about low-income transit passes in Alberta

Low-income transit passes are available in Alberta’s two largest cities, Calgary and Edmonton, making it easier for families and individuals to get to work and school, and travel within their local community.

 

Calgary Transit Low Income Travel Pass

The Calgary Low Income Travel Pass works on a sliding scale. The less income you make, the less you pay for the pass. There is a separate pass for seniors, but all eligibility for passes is decided through the Fair Entry application process.

Who can apply

To apply for the Calgary Transit Low Income Travel Pass, you must be a resident of Calgary, and your income must fall within the following low-income cut-off rate: 

  • Family size of 1 – $26,426
  • Family size of 2 – $32,899
  • Family size of 3 – $40,445
  • Family size of 4 – $49,106
  • Family size of 5 – $55,695
  • Family size of 6 – $62,814
  • Family size of 7 – $69,935

Cost of the Calgary Low Income Travel Pass

How much you pay depends on how much income you make every year. The less you make, the less you’ll have to pay. The minimum discount you will receive is 50% regardless of where you fall on the low income scale. For seniors, the Low Income Pass is $25 per year.

How to apply

To apply for the Low Income Travel Pass, you have to fill out the Fair Entry application form. You’ll need to prove that you are a Calgary resident, and you’ll also need proof of your income. Proof of income can be shown by: 

  • Assured Income for Severely Handicapped benefits (AISH)
  • Alberta Works: Income subsidy/support
  • Alberta Works: Learners
  • Alberta Works: Alberta Health Benefit
  • Resettlement Assistance Program
  • Independent youth letter (a letter from the school principal, guidance counsellor, or Child and Youth Support Program of Alberta Children’s Services)
  • Canada Revenue Agency: Notice of Assessment
    • The combined total income from line 150 for all adult household members is required.
  • Letter from a Registered Social Worker (RSW)

You can apply online, by fax or mail at the following contact addresses: 

If you have any questions, call the Calgary Transit General Line at 403-262-1000.

Transit Tip: Get real-time transit alerts and arrival times with Rocketman. Learn more about the Rocketman app for Calgary transit.

 

Ride Transit Program Edmonton

Edmonton’s Ride Transit Program uses a partnership with the government to offer youth and adults reduced costs for public transit passes.

Cost of the Ride Transit Pass

Depending on where you fall on the LICO scale, you’ll either pay $34 or $48 for a monthly pass.

Who can apply

To be eligible for the Ride Transit Program in Edmonton, you must meet one of the criteria: 

  • You are on AISH (Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped), or you receive the CPP-Disability Benefit (Canada Pension Plan)
  • You are on Government of Alberta Income Support or Learner Income Support
  • You are a new Permanent Resident or a refugee (to qualify, you must have been in Canada for less than one year and have not filed a tax return)
  • You are a child under government care.
  • You are receiving any type of government Employment Insurance (EI or CERB) (only the individual receiving EI or CERB will be eligible)
  • Your household income is included in the amounts* listed below:

If your income is less than LICO (low income cut off) + 10%, you now qualify for a $34 monthly transit pass. If your income is between 10% and 25% above LICO, you now qualify for a $48.50 monthly transit pass. The table below explains the LICO. 

People in Household
** 
Household Income for Ride Transit Program
($34 monthly pass) 
Household Income for Ride Transit Program
($48.50 monthly pass)
1 $29,069 $29,070 – $33,033
2 $36,189 $36,190 – $41,124
3 $44,490 $44,491 – $50,556
4 $54,017 $54,018 – $61,383
5 $61,265 $61,266 – $69,619
6 $69,095 $69,096 – $78,518
7 $76,929 $76,930 – $87,419

**Eligible households include yourself, partner or spouse, and dependent children aged 17 or younger (dependents over 17 must submit a separate application form with their own income and address verification).

How to apply

You’ll have to fill out the Leisure Access and Ride Transit Program application form and mail it in. There is no online or in-person application. Forms must be mailed to: 

Leisure Access & Ride Transit Program

PO Box 2359

Edmonton, AB, T5J 2R7

Take note that because passes need to be mailed, you should apply for each month’s pass as soon as it becomes available on the Ride Transit Program website. For example, passes for October will be made available by the beginning of September. They can take up to ten days to be mailed, so you need to be proactive in applying. 

If you have any questions, call 311 or check out the Edmonton Transit Facebook Page

 

Don’t let your income prevent you from commuting 

Everyone’s circumstances are different, but if you still need to commute daily (or regularly), don’t let your income prevent you from doing that. Take advantage of these programs so you can keep doing what you need to to take care of yourself and your family. As long as you’re being safe and respecting social distancing and mask rules, you should be able to travel as much as you need to. 

At Rocketman, we do our best to keep you ahead of your commute. Get real-time transit alerts, arrival times and try our new crowdedness feature to avoid busy times on your journey.

Download the Rocketman app:

Rocketman transit app for iOS

Rocketman transit app for Android

This article offers general information only and is not intended as legal, financial or other professional advice. A professional advisor should be consulted regarding your specific situation. While the information presented is believed to be factual and current, its accuracy is not guaranteed and it should not be regarded as a complete analysis of the subjects discussed. All expressions of opinion reflect the judgment of the author(s) as of the date of publication and are subject to change. No endorsement of any third parties or their advice, opinions, information, products or services is expressly given or implied by Royal Bank of Canada or its affiliates.

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This article offers general information only and is not intended as legal, financial or other professional advice. A professional advisor should be consulted regarding your specific situation. While the information presented is believed to be factual and current, its accuracy is not guaranteed and it should not be regarded as a complete analysis of the subjects discussed. All expressions of opinion reflect the judgment of the author(s) as of the date of publication and are subject to change. No endorsement of any third parties or their advice, opinions, information, products or services is expressly given or implied by Royal Bank of Canada or its affiliates.

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