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Low Income Transit Passes for Nova Scotia

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Low Income Transit Passes for Nova Scotia

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 Nova Scotia 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 Halifax, Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia has developed a program for low-income commuters living in Halifax. Let’s get into the details.

Low Income Travel Pass

As part of Halifax’s Affordable Access Program, the Low Income Travel Pass helps those who qualify to get a significantly reduced monthly rate for their commute. You’ll have to apply to find out if you’re eligible, but it’s worth the short process. 

How much does the Halifax Low Income Travel Pass cost?

If you qualify, you get 50% off the regular price of a Regular Adult Pass and a Regional Express XPass. You’ll pay $41.25 for an Adult Pass (regular cost $82.50) and $63.75 for a Regional Express XPass (regular cost $127.50).

How do you apply?

This year’s program started in July and will continue until June of 2021. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis and capped at 2,000 residents each year. Applications are completed online or by mail, and you will be notified of whether or not you qualify within two or three weeks of applying. Your notification will come in the mail. If you qualify, you have to buy a pass every month (passes are available at Bayers Road Customer Service Centre or Alderney Gate Customer Service Centre). You’ll need a Proof of Income statement or your 2019 Notice of Assessment. These can be retrieved from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). 

Who can apply? 

Any resident of Halifax can apply. You must be at least 18 years old and have a combined gross household income of less than $35,000. To be counted as a member of your household, the person must be related by blood, common law or marriage and live in the same home. Roommates don’t count.  You also can not currently be receiving a yearly transit pass or transportation subsidy under the Nova Scotia Employment Support and Income Assistance program. 

If you still have questions about the Low Income Travel Pass, call 311. 

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 Nova Scotia 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 Halifax, Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia has developed a program for low-income commuters living in Halifax. Let’s get into the details.

Low Income Travel Pass

As part of Halifax’s Affordable Access Program, the Low Income Travel Pass helps those who qualify to get a significantly reduced monthly rate for their commute. You’ll have to apply to find out if you’re eligible, but it’s worth the short process. 

How much does the Halifax Low Income Travel Pass cost?

If you qualify, you get 50% off the regular price of a Regular Adult Pass and a Regional Express XPass. You’ll pay $41.25 for an Adult Pass (regular cost $82.50) and $63.75 for a Regional Express XPass (regular cost $127.50).

How do you apply?

This year’s program started in July and will continue until June of 2021. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis and capped at 2,000 residents each year. Applications are completed online or by mail, and you will be notified of whether or not you qualify within two or three weeks of applying. Your notification will come in the mail. If you qualify, you have to buy a pass every month (passes are available at Bayers Road Customer Service Centre or Alderney Gate Customer Service Centre). You’ll need a Proof of Income statement or your 2019 Notice of Assessment. These can be retrieved from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). 

Who can apply? 

Any resident of Halifax can apply. You must be at least 18 years old and have a combined gross household income of less than $35,000. To be counted as a member of your household, the person must be related by blood, common law or marriage and live in the same home. Roommates don’t count.  You also can not currently be receiving a yearly transit pass or transportation subsidy under the Nova Scotia Employment Support and Income Assistance program. 

If you still have questions about the Low Income Travel Pass, call 311. 

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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