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Petition for K-W residents to have free access to transit
September 20, 2017
Graphic by Fani Hsieh
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.
This latest presentation was not the first time the AAP has come before council, as the group has been advocating for accessible transit for the region’s lower class for years with little success.
Grand River Transit currently offers a monthly T.R.I.P pass (Transit for Reduced Income Program), which brings the cost of a monthly pass down to 42 dollars for riders with the remainder subsidized through social services, but the program currently has a waitlist over 475 residents long.