Province cool to picking up tab for low-income transit pass in Ottawa
Ottawa Citizen

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By Jon Willing, Ottawa Citizen, August 10, 2016

The provincial government is hesitant to cough up $3.3 million for OC Transpo to subsidize a low-income transit pass, putting pressure on council to decide if the rebate should be part of the 2017 city budget.

Council voted in May to ask the province to cover the costs of a deeply discounted pass for low-income residents.

Postmedia asked the province this week if it would give the city money to pay for a low-income pass, as requested by council. The transportation ministry said it doesn’t have a say on the city’s day-to-day transit service, including the structure of fares.