A new campaign is calling for affordable transit including free access to transit for children ages 0 to 18 Named #AllOnBoard, the campaign is supported by BC Poverty Reduction Coalition, the Single Mothers’ Alliance, and Project People Power, and seeks to ensure vulnerable minors and elders have equal access to transit through government support.
Why Access to Transit Matters
Since Vancouver comprises many populations living in different situations, some groups may not always have equal access to transit. Vulnerable groups such as minors or youths living in poverty are primary examples. Competing with high cost of living, non-affordable and scarce housing means less budget to spend on transit. And transit can mean a basic life necessity to some people to live and work.
“With free transit for children and youth 0-18 and a sliding scale pass based on income, those who are homeless can get to the shelters they need to survive, families will no longer have to make hard choices, folks can get to work without losing the bulk of their hard-earned wages, those seeking jobs can get to interviews and to work, and everyone can access the health care they need, when they need it”.
Voices of Vancouver Residents
Campaign supporters emphasize the importance of equal access transit for all demographics and income. A more viable mean of access, such as free transit for youth and a sliding scale pass based on income, is urgent. It is also important for government to provide resources for vulnerable groups.
Social inequity still exists in modern society, but we can tackle this problem together, one transit pass at a time.