Kingston Transit Affordable Pass fee reduction to begin in April 2023

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Kingston Transit’s Affordable Transit Pass will have a lower fee as of April 2023. Community members who are supported by the City of Kingston’s Municipal Fee Assistance Program (MFAP), will pay 50 per cent less when purchasing their Kingston Transit Affordable monthly transit passes. 

Earlier this year, Kingston City Council voted to approve the 50 per cent reduction in the cost of affordable transit passes for a period of nine months. Starting this April, the cost of affordable transit passes — which offer unlimited use of Kingston Transit at an already reduced rate for low-income users — will be lowered to accommodate those most acutely impacted by the current cost of living crisis. 

“High inflation and the rising cost of living have made it harder for households to make ends meet,” said Mayor Bryan Paterson in a media release from the City of Kingston. “Reducing the cost of public transit is one way the City is directly supporting those who need help the most.” 

In order to qualify for the affordable transit passes, individuals must be enrolled in the City’s Municipal Fee Assistance program, which is open to residents from lower-income households. Beginning with April 2023 monthly passes, adults will pay $20 per month and youth/seniors will pay $14.88 per month. According to the release, the 50 per cent reduction to the affordable transit pass program will also apply to registered clients of Kingston Access Bus (KAB). 

The City said that there will be no price increase for other transit fares or passes this year. The rate reductions and freezes were approved by Council on Feb. 21, 2023, and will remain in effect until at least Dec. 31, 2023. 

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