Access to affordable transportation is a proven strategy for enabling economic participation and improving quality of life, particularly for the working poor. Rural municipalities face unique transit challenges, and there is a demand for local-provincial partnership solutions to address this. In recent years, the Government of Alberta has partnered with Calgary and Edmonton to make public transit more affordable. In both Calgary and Edmonton, this funding has made possible a sliding scale fare structure for the low-income transit pass. The pass was purchased by 60,000 Calgarians and over 40,000 Edmontonians in 2018, many of whom reported better access to education, jobs, and other opportunities as a result. In rural Alberta, six two-year projects in various locations across the province have received funding through the Rural Transportation Pilot Program. These grants are supporting transit services for nearly 150,000 Albertans.
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