Public transit must be connected, convenient, accessible, and affordable in order for Calgary to be a vibrant and equitable city. These four core principles guide the work of Fair Calgary Community Voices (FCCV).
Sparking new and meaningful conversations
Improving affordability has gone a long way to making transit a realistic option for thousands of Calgarians. In 2016, 213,000 passes were sold to 33,000 people. In 2019, after the launch of the sliding scale pass, over 465,000 passes were sold to 68,000 people. Transit riders said it was easier to get medical care, stay connected to friends and family, and make it to job interviews.
Now that affordability has been largely addressed, it’s time to think more critically about the other qualities of transit systems that create an inclusive city. Enough for All, Calgary’s 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.” More broadly, great transit improves everyone’s quality of life, builds community and makes a city more vibrant and equitable.
Calgary Transit’s strategic plan, RouteAhead, states that “mobility is the lifeblood of a city.” The ability for people to move from place to place and reach a destination efficiently, connecting people to places, helps our city thrive. This strategic plan also asks Calgarians to consider how we as a city provide choices to those who do not drive or are unable to drive. Are we providing low-cost mobility and accessible transit for people with disabilities? Are we providing options for youth? Does our transit system enable people to drive less or own fewer vehicles, helping reduce a household’s transportation costs? Great transit benefits cities, helping promote development, and investment, all while lowering impacts on the environment.