New bus pass costs $6.90/month for low-income Kamloops residents

The City of Kamloops has announced a new pilot program that will provide affordable bus passes to low-income locals who don't qualify for other provincial subsidies.

Through the new CityPASS, which officially launched Tuesday (Sept. 3), qualifying residents can now purchase a monthly bus pass for a flat rate of $6.90. Eligible participants can get a one, three or six-month pass. 

In order to get a CityPASS, people need to have an income that is below the Statistics Canada cutoff, complete an application form and take it to a participating referral agency.

"We're actually using the exact same application that we use for the Affordable Recreation for Community Health (ARCH) program," says Ben Chobater, community development coordinator. "So if the person qualifies for the one, there's a good chance they qualify for the other one."

Groups who don't qualify, based on other subsidies offered by B.C. Transit, include seniors, students and those receiving income assistance through the Persons with Disabilities Act

For those who do qualify, they can apply for a CityPASS and ARCH Pass on the same form. Once a person is approved, they'll be able to pick up their pass within five business days.

"It's a pilot program that's just starting today, so we want to make sure things run smoothly... we said five business days from receiving the approval letter, we'll have their pass made up with their photo on it and they can pick it up from one of three locations within five business days," says Chobater. 

"That window might get reduced, but we just wanted to make sure that until we have everything running completely smoothly, we didn't say it would be ready in two days and it's not."

To learn more about the CityPASS program, email, call Chobater at 250-828-3582, or click HERE.

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