Amid pressure from CUTA, Alberta government reverses course on cuts to low-income transit grant

Published May 1, 2024.

Pressure from the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) and the cities of Edmonton and Calgary led to a reversal by the government of Alberta with a decision not to cut the low-income transit pass grant. CUTA took to Calgary and Edmonton radio and TV to demand the government rethink its disregard for the most vulnerable Albertans. The low-income transit pass grant enables tens of thousands of residents affected by low incomes to access affordable transportation, connecting them to employment, education, and vital services.

“Through our vocal response, the Government of Alberta came to its senses today,” said Marco D’Angelo, CUTA’s President and CEO. “Their swift reversal demonstrates the importance of public transit for Alberta communities and the need to support the most vulnerable residents.”

The low-income transit pass program benefits approximately 119,000 people in Calgary and over 25,000 in Edmonton monthly. It helps alleviate financial burdens for those affected by low incomes and improves overall quality of life for many.

CUTA remains dedicated to working with all levels of government to ensure the sustainability and growth of this vital program and to continue advocating for public transit as a cornerstone of urban prosperity.


Media contact:
Jon MacMull
Director, Communications and Public Affairs
Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA)
[email protected]