Graphic by Fani Hsieh
If you think transit access is an important issue and you would like to support the Alliance Against Poverty's campaign for free transit access for those on OW or ODSP, please come out to support us!
Please note that the October 19th presentation to Regional Council had to be postponed. Please stay tuned for the next AAP Transit access for all event !
On Wednesday, September 21st (7pm) members of the Alliance Against Poverty gave a short presentation at Waterloo Regional Council (150 Frederick St., Kitchener). We argued that residents of the Region of Waterloo who live below the poverty line deserve free transit! The proposal that we have been supporting for several years is simple - anyone in the region who is on Ontario Works (OW) or the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) should have access to free transit.
Transportation and mobility are key in today’s economy, and transportation is a serious struggle for those living below the poverty line. Access to transportation, especially for the poor, is essential for employment, food, and basic support services. And Grand River Transit (GRT) prices are not affordable to an individual on a fixed lower income. It's time for the Region of Waterloo to come up with a better plan!
Regan Brusse's interview about AAP's push for free transit for folks in poverty, on the Eric Drozd Show on 570 News can be found at 10am Wed., Sept 21st here
KW Record Article: Anti-poverty advocates continue push for free transit (Paige Desmond)
WATERLOO REGION — Anti-poverty advocates are continuing their efforts to get free transit access for poor people.
On Wednesday, members of the Alliance Against Poverty appealed to Region of Waterloo councillors to provide free Grand River Transit access to all residents on Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program.
Regan Brusse told council accessible transit is crucial for low-income residents to access everything from social services to job interviews and employment.
"Transportation is so clearly necessary to obtain a viable income. Our public transit system must be affordable to all," she said.
Brusse herself has been on social assistance and pointed out something as simple as getting food from the food bank is a challenge without taking the bus.
"When I'm picking up food for my family of four it can feel like it weighs four tonnes," she said. "I can never walk it home. There's no chance."
This isn't the first time free transit for the poor has been raised at regional council.
...to read full article, click here
Article in the Cord: Petition for KW Residents to have Free Transit
A local Kitchener-Waterloo organization has amped up their push to make public transit free for lower-class residents throughout the region.
The Alliance Against Poverty (AAP), founded over a decade ago, is an alliance of individuals from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds striving to eliminate poverty.
They have launched campaigns aimed at housing and living wage in the past and have now decided to take on public transit.
The AAP sets itself apart from other similar groups by refusing government donations and by instituting a system of wealth redistribution whereby members who can afford to do so pay a 50 dollar monthly membership fee and members who are in need of assistance may take 50 dollars from their pool.
“We’re all about wealth redistribution and easing the burden of poverty,” said Brayden McNeill, AAP member. “I think that’s a really significant aspect of the AAP, is that we practice what we preach.”
The latest push in their Accessible Transit for All campaign was a presentation delivered by AAP member, Regan Brusse, on September 21 to the Waterloo Regional Council.
....to read full article, click here