Addressing barriers for Guelph residents living with low income

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Helping people get around the city and providing affordable transit is a priority for the City. On April 1, 2022, the City launched a new one-year Sliding Scale Affordable Bus Pass pilot program.

The sliding scale affordable bus pass is one way the City provides equitable service and reduces affordability barriers for low-income residents below the Government of Canada’s Low Income Cut Off (LICO). A sliding scale affordable bus pass costs $4-$37.50 per month, depending on family income.  

The Sliding Scale Affordable Bus pass supported over 1,800 people in their transportation needs. Users told us they are buying passes more frequently, riding the bus more often, have been able to start new jobs and get to work more consistently. They have also improved their sense of community connection, socializing more and experiencing improved physical and mental health.

The pilot program supports a future-ready Guelph by helping to foster accessible movement through trails, paths, roads and corridors to tie the community together and connect Guelph’s economy with other regions and make strategic investments that nurture social well-being.  

Two Guelph Transit buses at Guelph central Station

Additional 2022 highlights

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Creating safe active transportation opportunities

The City is working hard to provide safe active transportation opportunities across Guelph. The plan is to install 13 kilometers of protected cycling lanes. In 2022, the City asked the community to provide feedback on conceptual designs for three of four sections of road along Gordon Street and College Avenue.

Creating safe active transportation opportunities
A prominent image of a road sign with the words “community safety zone, fines increased” written in large font. The image also has a blurred background of people walking the street with cars stopped at the light.

Sharing road safety data to support our goal for a Vision Zero community.

A Vision Zero community is one where road systems and related infrastructure are designed to help eliminate fatalities and serious injuries.

Sharing road safety data to support our goal for a Vision Zero community.