Brampton Mayoral Candidate Patrick Brown announces plans for a Free Seniors Transit Pass

Pass would be the first step towards meeting the BRAMPTON 2040 VISION goal of free transit in Brampton by 2040.

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Over 13,000 citizens from all walks of life participated in the development of the Brampton 2040 Vision: Living The Mosaic. I congratulate them for their commitment to our community, and I thank them for their work on behalf of our City.

Among their recommendations is one that I am committed to making real and significant progress on in my first term: free transit in Brampton by 2040. Today I am announcing that, as Mayor, I will take the first steps towards meeting their goal of travel equality. Specifically, I will:

  • Introduce a free Brampton Transit Pass for all citizens 65 years of age or older, whose legal residence is within the City of Brampton. This pass would be valid any time of the day, and any day of the week, that Brampton Transit and ZUM Transit operates.
  • Strike a Mayor’s Panel to look at ways of expanding this free transit pass to low-income persons and families living in Brampton. Included in their mandate will be to investigate and propose appropriate, non-tax strategies to offset the resulting decrease in fare revenue.

We already have the infrastructure in place to handle the logistics of issuing these passes. The cost for this first step towards free transit for all Bramptonians will be offset by increased fees for advertising on Brampton Transit and ZUM Transit vehicles and properties, making this a revenue-neutral program. Surging ridership will make this advertising cost increase proportionate to the increased number of visual impressions each advertisement will reach.

The benefits to free transit for seniors are many:

  • It will encourage our low-income seniors to more fully participate in all that Brampton has to offer them as citizens: recreational programs, public libraries and arts and culture festivals etc.
  • Transit costs will no longer be a barrier to those seniors who require frequent trips for medical care. Many nurses and physicians I have spoken with are frustrated that the excellent care they provide is often hampered by missed or delayed appointments, often because of patients’ concerns over transit costs.
  • Increased ridership will lessen traffic loads, and provide more efficient use of our roads and highways. And fewer car trips are an obvious environmental benefit.

My plan is consistent with the Brampton 2040 Vision, in which they “urge a phased approach starting with the least advantaged and those who do not enjoy the option of private mobility.”* It demonstrates my commitment to making Brampton a world-class city in which to live, work and play for citizens across all cultures and income. It helps get our seniors Back on Track as fully participating citizens.

* Brampton 2040 Vision: Living The Mosaic – page 68.

 

“Patrick’s vision for our city crosses all cultures and ages. His show of leadership on this issue of free transit for seniors shows the passion and intelligence he will bring to City Hall as Brampton’s next Mayor. And he’s already looking towards the next phase of this bold new initiative. Impressive!”

– Gurnam Singh Kairon, Chairman Creditview Seniors Club

“Budgets are tight for many of us seniors, and too often we have to make tough choices about where the money goes. There are lots of things I’d like to do in my city, but the money for multiple bus rides just isn’t there, especially towards the end of the month. Now I won’t have to choose between going to a medical appointment or meeting up with friends to go to an arts festival. Thank you, Patrick.”

– Subhash Khurmie, President of the Cassie Campbell Seniors Club

“Seniors built this city. Many of them are pensioners whose income hasn’t kept pace with the rise in the cost of living and property tax hikes in Brampton. It’s nice to have a Mayoral candidate who understands that, and is going to do something to help!”

– Kulwinber Singh Dhaliwal, Smiling Seniors Club

“This is a wonderful move towards creating travel equality in Brampton. There are so many benefits we can all derive as a community by making it easier for our seniors, especially low-income seniors, to get more involved in our City. It’s a win-win for all of us.”

– Daljit Kaur

“Patrick’s vision for our city crosses all cultures and ages. His show of leadership on this issue of free transit for seniors shows the passion and intelligence he will bring to City Hall as Brampton’s next Mayor. And he’s already looking towards the next phase of this bold new initiative. Impressive!”

– Elvie Brathwaite

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