Another benefit of living in Mississauga!  The city’s residents whose income falls below the Low Income Measure (LIM) threshold, can now apply for half-price MiWay transit passes.

The regular price for a MiWay pass is $130.  Applicants who meet the LIM criteria can get the monthly pass for $65, and eligible seniors can get it for $30.50.

This is the outcome of what’s known as the MiWay Affordable Transit Program —a joint initiative between the Region of Peel and the City of Mississauga.  In the fall of 2017, both parties approved the program after a two-year pilot, testing its viability.

Results of the pilot program showed that it allowed residents with limited financial means to access employment and community services. In practical terms, it proved that for every dollar invested, the social return on investment is $3.98. That’s a pretty good ROI!

The program will be maintained by both the region and the city. The region is responsible for screening applicants for eligibility, funding the fare subsidy and administrative costs. MiWay is responsible for PRESTO card administration and, of course, transit service delivery.

“We’re pleased to partner with the City of Mississauga to launch the MiWay Affordable Transit Program,” said Janice Sheehy, Commissioner, Human Services, Region of Peel. “This program will improve the quality of life for low-income residents by providing better access to employment opportunities and community services.”

“The Affordable Transit Program will allow affordable travel for riders by making their bus fare go further,” said Geoff Marinoff, Transit Director, City of Mississauga. “Our partnership with the Region of Peel integrates transit services, subsidy and administration to efficiently deliver service to our residents.”

To apply for the discounted MiWay transit monthly pass visit peelregion.ca/affordabletransit. Applications will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis, until Sept. 30 for up to 2,500 participants. To apply have your most recent Notice of Assessment handy and a registered PRESTO card.  For more information, call 905-791-7800 ext. 8703 or email affordabletransitpilot@peelregion.ca.