Free bus rides for Burlington seniors start this week

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Published July 31, 2023 at 1:00 pm

Burlington transit bus schedule trips

Beginning tomorrow (Aug. 1) those aged 65 and older will no longer have to pay to ride Burlington Transit.

After weeks of preparing for the transition of the service, seniors will be able to get on the bus for free to travel within the city.

However, to take advantage of the service you must have a valid PRESTO card.

The move follows other measures taken by Burlington to provide easier access to local transit services. As well, as of tomorrow, those aged 13 to 19 will be able to ride free on weekdays after 6 p.m. and all day on Saturdays and Sundays.

According to Catherine Baldelli, Burlington’s Director of Transit, the fare reductions are a logical next step for the City to take along the eventual path to free around-the-clock bust transit for everyone.

She pointed out that when fares were first eliminated during select times for seniors ridership increased.

“We are thrilled to extend this program to offer seniors free transit all day, every day on our buses,” Baldelli said. “We are also delighted to provide youth, ages 13 to 19, the opportunity to take transit to many of the great locations that Burlington Transit goes.”

As mentioned, PRESTO cards must be used to qualify for the free rides.

The cards can be obtained with the senior or youth category applied at several locations in Burlington including:

  • The Downtown Transit Terminal, 430 John St.
  • All Shoppers Drug Mart locations in Burlington

PRESTO cards can be purchased for $6 at any of the service locations for youth. Senior PRESTO cards are available at no charge during July and August. The free cards are only available at the Downtown Transit Terminal, 430 John St., while supplies last.

In a recent interview with insauga.com, Mayor Marianne Meed Ward said the goal of the City is to reduce transit barriers.

“The more that we can remove barriers to transit the more we can encourage people to use it,” she said, “and the more we can get people to use it will mean the roads are better and there will be less congestion for all of us.”

Burlington already offers free transit to children 12 years old and under as well as providing subsidies for low-income users.

The financial impact of the senior service will be a loss of about $160,000 a year.

 

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