Transit fees resume April 1

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Elliot Lake transit fees will be reinstated on April 1, while those using affordable access cards will have an additional month to apply for a new card.

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Chief executive Daniel Gagnon told council at the March 14 meeting that grants available for transit during the pandemic have run out and the lack of transit fees is costing the city $18,000 a month. in lost revenue. Municipal transportation fees have been waived since March 2020.

He said the recommendation is to reinstate transit fees while any existing Affordable Access Card, as of 2019, will be honored until the end of April to give users time to apply for a new one. Starting May 1, new and updated affordable access cards will be required to obtain discounts on public transit and all other applicable municipal fees.

Councilor Sandy Finamore agreed it was time to reinstate transit fees, but asked how the public would be informed.

Gagnon said there was a notice in the door-to-door paper mail with information about requesting access cards. In addition, there are signs on the buses and the bus drivers inform the public.

Requests for new access cards can be made entirely online, and residents can also use the library’s computers to complete request forms.

All council members are in favor of reinstating transit fees.

In other council news:

A public meeting will be held at Collins Hall before the end of March to allow the public to obtain information from council, staff and the architect regarding plans for the proposed new building for the leisure centre. A decision regarding the new construction will not be taken that evening but at a future council meeting.

Photo by KEVIN McSHEFFREY/THE STANDARDThe city is reinstating public transit fees on April 1.
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