The City of Mississauga will be conducting a experiment of allowing their employees to purchase a monthly transit pass at half the normal price. The project will start July 1st and will run for 18 months. Transit passes will be made available for sale at half-price, of $53.50 instead of $107. The plan is part of the Smart Commute program that is in effect within the GTA.
A similar program took place in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Known as the EcoPass, local transit increased ridership by an average of 45%, monthly bus pass sales by about 500%, and net revenues by 30%.
Saint John Transit, New Brunswick offers a 10% discount for companies with with more than 20 employees.
TransLink of Metro Vancouver in British Columbia gives employers of more than 25 employees up to a 15% saving on their purchase of transit passes.
Kingston, Ontario has the Transpass. Employees pay for Transpass through direct payroll deductions and will receive a discount of 10% on the monthly pass. Kingston Transit’s smart-card technology will automatically reloaded the cards when passengers scan their monthly My Cards on the fare box.
In Durham Region, the only similar discount would be the U-Pass for Durham College UOIT. It is different from other DRT passes in that it is not interchangeable and has a photo identification on the pass.