Savings for seniors

Herald file photo.

Seniors is Prince Albert will have a little more cash to spend after city council voted to reduce the cost of monthly senior transportation passes during their meeting on Tuesday.

The motion, which passed unanimously, will see rates for seniors cut in half, down from $52.50 to $25. The changes will come into effect on Feb. 20, and will be offered to residents ages 60 and over.

Ward 7 Coun. Dennis Nowoselsky brought the motion forward on Monday. He said the decision was a positive step toward creating an age-friendly city.

“It’s (about) respect for that group of citizens,” he said during the council meeting.

Nowoselsky said many seniors in Prince Albert either cannot afford a vehicle or have health troubles which prevent them from driving. The bus pass is designed to help eliminate mobility issues, while potentially increasing ridership.

“I have no hesitation that if I was going to spend extra tax dollars, it would be to support and respect those 60 and over seniors today, and I think we’re going to have an enhanced use of (the city bus service,)” Nowoselsky explained.

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