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Calgary Transit Low Income Monthly Pass sliding scale fare changes

The City of Calgary’s sliding scale fare structure for the Calgary Transit Low Income Monthly Pass helps eliminate financial barriers for low income Calgarians so they can more fully participate in the community.

What is sliding scale?

Sliding scale is a pricing system that assesses income and assigns a purchase price based on income. The less an applicant earns, the less they will need to pay.

When will sliding scale start?

The new fare structure starts in mid-March 2017 for April pass purchases.

How will people apply for a discounted transit pass based on sliding scale?

Calgarians can apply through the Fair Entry single point of entry for all subsidy programs, including anyone interested in the new sliding scale for Transit’s Low Income Monthly Pass. Details on the current application are on

This new fare will apply automatically to existing customers when they purchase their April Low Income Monthly Pass. To be considered for a sliding scale discount, apply to the Fair Entry program.

How much will a pass cost?

The City of Calgary has kept the Low Income Monthly Pass frozen at $44 for several years. The price of the Low Income Monthly Pass will remain $44 for January, February and March. Scheduled fare changes to the Low Income Monthly Pass will take place with the introduction of the sliding scale for April pass purchases. Introduction of a sliding scale will introduce three price bands: $5.05, $35.35 and $50.50 per month dependent on how much a customer earns.

Can I find out how much I will pay prior to March?

City staff are currently developing a new database to make sliding scale work. As a result, information about your band will not be available until the new database is finished.

Who qualifies for sliding scale?

Customers approved for Fair Entry will be eligible to receive a discount based on a sliding scale.  An income assessment will determine the price an applicant will pay for a Low Income Monthly Pass. The Fair Entry qualifications list outlines eight proofs of income a customer can use to qualify.

If you are not sure if you would qualify:

  • Visit
  • Contact 311 for an agent to help create a Fair Entry Service Request and a Fair Entry staff member will reach out to you
  • Email about how you might apply or find other community supports.

Does the sliding scale affect all transit fares?

Prices for the senior pass, regular and low income and youth monthly passes will not change due to sliding scale. Youth in low income households are also eligible to pay $5.05, $35.35 or $50.50 for the Low Income Monthly Pass. Children under age of six are free.