WHO WE ARE
Fair Calgary Community Voices (FCCV) is a collaborative of citizens living on low-income, community organizers, and service providers advocating for transit that is affordable, accessible, convenient and connected for all Calgarians.
We are part of larger initiatives that work on poverty reduction and building strong communities.
A Public Transit System that is Affordable, Accessible, Convenient and Connected.
A transit system that is affordable, accessible, convenient and connected makes it possible for Calgarians across the city, from all backgrounds, means and abilities to access transit that is safe and comfortable.
We are a Champions of Calgary's Enough for All poverty reduction strategy. The Enough for All Poverty Reduction Strategy states: “Being able to travel easily to work and access basic services such as food, education and health is critical in overcoming poverty.”Transportation is one of the key levers of change that must be addressed in order to reduce poverty.
WHAT WE DO
Work with the City of Calgary and community to address issues with equitable access to Calgary Transit.
Raise awareness about these issues with the public in order to gain support for improvements.
Collect ideas and stories from the customers that we can share with the City of Calgary. We are currently reviewing how to help with the roll out of the electronic fare payment stage 2 "My Fare App" and encourage people to share their experiences in our poll "Why Great Transits Matters."
To learn more about our history you may also visit the Fair Fares website where we posted our work since early 2000 about affordable transit. A 2012 survey found that people living on low income cannot afford to pay even 50% of
the regular adult transit pass. We then worked on a sliding scale. Since then we have expanded our vision to the 4 principles of affordable, accessible, convenient and connected public transit.
Over the years Fair Calgary Community Voices has advocated for:
A low-income transit pass (LITP) (implemented in 2006 at 75% of the low-income cut-off (LICO)
The low-income transit pass eligibility to be raised from 75% of LICO to 100% of LICO (approved in 2008)
Youth to be included in the low-income transit pass (approved in 2012)
The LITP fees to be frozen at $44.00 instead of being increased to half of the regular adult transit pass. This reduced fee remained in place for many years.
A single entry application process for all subsidy programs within the City of Calgary. As a result of our efforts along with the efforts of many many people from the City of Calgary and the community Fair Entry began in 2016.
A Sliding Scale for the Low-Income Transit pass. The Sliding Scale was approved by City Council in 2017 and the province provided matching funds for the Sliding Scale from 2017 – 2023.
Held a transit summit in 2019 to help determine our principles of convenient, connected, affordable and accessible transit. PDF Link to our 16 pages of data.
We are currently gathering feedback for Stage 2 of the Electronic "My Fare App" to assist customers who purchase the low-income monthly transit pass 'electronically' is expected to be ready in the Spring of 2022. To fill out the poll, please follow this link. "Why Great Transit Matters" poll.
We are a Champions of Calgary's
Enough for All poverty reduction strategy.
Transportation is one of the key levers of change that must be addressed in order to reduce poverty.