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Low Income Transit Passes for Newfoundland and Labrador

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Low Income Transit Passes for Newfoundland and Labrador

Fall is here and winter is right behind it, although the way this year is going, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if the seasons decided to go haywire, too. The pandemic has upended all of our lives in some way, and many of us have had our livelihoods impacted as well. Tough times don’t begin to explain what’s happening, and even your routine commute to work has been disrupted. 

While public transit has implemented measures to keep you safe, they also have programs in place to help with affordability. The public transit providers in Newfoundland offer low-income travel passes for select residents. For those who need to continue to commute to and from work, this is a great chance to save some money while continuing to function in unpredictable times.

What you need to know about low-income transit passes in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador has developed a program for low-income commuters living in St. John’s. Let’s get into the details.

Bus Pass Pilot Program

This is a new program that was just implemented by the provincial government of Newfoundland in September 2020. Through the Bus Pilot Program, 10,000 bus passes will be distributed to income support individuals across St. John’s.

Who can apply?

You do not need to apply. Current income support residents will automatically be mailed a free pass. This is a two-year test program that will be reevaluated after its completion in 2022. You must be a resident of St. John’s, Mount Pearl, or Paradise. 

How much does the Bus Pass cost?

Nothing. You will be given instructions on how to set up your pass once you receive it in the mail. You won’t have to pay any fees. 

If you have any questions or if you have not received your pass in the mail, please call 709-729-7888 or email aesl@gov.nl.ca.

Don’t let your income prevent you from commuting 

If commuting is an essential part of your day, then you should be looking into one of these options. Do the work to find out if you’re eligible and take steps to follow through on the application (when necessary). Every dollar counts right now and if you’re able to save on your commute, do what you can to make it happen. 

At Rocketman, we do our best to keep you ahead of your commute. Get real-time transit alerts and 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.

Fall is here and winter is right behind it, although the way this year is going, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if the seasons decided to go haywire, too. The pandemic has upended all of our lives in some way, and many of us have had our livelihoods impacted as well. Tough times don’t begin to explain what’s happening, and even your routine commute to work has been disrupted. 

While public transit has implemented measures to keep you safe, they also have programs in place to help with affordability. The public transit providers in Newfoundland offer low-income travel passes for select residents. For those who need to continue to commute to and from work, this is a great chance to save some money while continuing to function in unpredictable times.

What you need to know about low-income transit passes in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador has developed a program for low-income commuters living in St. John’s. Let’s get into the details.

Bus Pass Pilot Program

This is a new program that was just implemented by the provincial government of Newfoundland in September 2020. Through the Bus Pilot Program, 10,000 bus passes will be distributed to income support individuals across St. John’s.

Who can apply?

You do not need to apply. Current income support residents will automatically be mailed a free pass. This is a two-year test program that will be reevaluated after its completion in 2022. You must be a resident of St. John’s, Mount Pearl, or Paradise. 

How much does the Bus Pass cost?

Nothing. You will be given instructions on how to set up your pass once you receive it in the mail. You won’t have to pay any fees. 

If you have any questions or if you have not received your pass in the mail, please call 709-729-7888 or email aesl@gov.nl.ca.

Don’t let your income prevent you from commuting 

If commuting is an essential part of your day, then you should be looking into one of these options. Do the work to find out if you’re eligible and take steps to follow through on the application (when necessary). Every dollar counts right now and if you’re able to save on your commute, do what you can to make it happen. 

At Rocketman, we do our best to keep you ahead of your commute. Get real-time transit alerts and 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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