Our weekly series “Budget Briefs” lets residents know how our community will be benefitting from specific investments in Burlington’s approved 2023 Operating and Capital Budget.
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During 2023 Budget deliberations, Ward 3 Councillor Rory Nisan brought forward a motion memo for Burlington Transit to implement a program offering free transit for youth (aged 13-19) during weekends and evenings.
Council approved the motion to include it in the 2023 Budget. A copy of the memo is available on pg. 31-32 of the 2023 Budget Appendix: F-01-23-1 App B 2023 Council Budget Motion Memorandums.
Providing free transit for youth is a Council-approved priority that was unfortunately delayed when the pandemic hit. In order to provide free transit around school hours, significant negotiations with the local school boards and potentially the Province will be required, as the costs to the City could be significant if youth ridership increases significantly as it did in Kingston, Ont. when they implemented their free program.
Providing free transit for youth on weekends and evenings is something we could do immediately, financially and technically, and it would support our local youth in their travels for work and play. In addition, this wouldn’t not have a significant impact on transit operations and would not require cost-sharing negotiations with other government entities. The program would be relatively straightforward, particularly with use of a PRESTO pass.
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- Joint Statement on the Burlington 2023 Budget: Investing in our Community Now & for Future Generations
- City of Burlington News Release: Burlington Council Approves 2023 Budget Focused on Improving & Protecting the Future of our Growing & Changing City
- Additional Budget Briefs:
1 thought on “Free Transit for Youth on Weekends, Evenings in Burlington”
Great initiative…just curious what’s the ridership today?