By Trevor Haché, Ottawa Citizen, January 22, 2018
Low-income public transit riders got a gift when Transit Commission Chair Stephen Blais announced that the single-ride EquiPass would be available on Jan. 1, six months early. While elected officials have shown leadership to make public transit more affordable for people living in poverty, further improvements are needed.
In December, after significant community support was voiced for it, Ottawa committed to reducing the cost of a single ride on OC Transpo by 50 per cent. Those who qualify can now take a single ride for $1.75. Qualifying low-income OC Transpo riders can also get a free Presto card, instead of having to pay $6.http://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/hache-how-to-improve-ottawas-equipass-program