Halton Region expands SPLIT program to enhance transit options for low-income residents in Halton Hills

Halton Region expands SPLIT program to enhance transit options for low-income residents in Halton Hills

Release Date: May 18, 2017

Halton Regional Council has approved changes to the Subsidized Passes for Low Income Transit (SPLIT) program to enhance the transit options available to low-income residents in Halton Hills. Effective September 1, 2017, residents in Halton Hills will be able to access the SPLIT program to subsidize the cost of the ActiVan and taxi scrip programs (subsidized taxi fares) offered by the Town of Halton Hills. The changes to the SPLIT program approved at Regional Council on May 17 also increase funding to the Halton District School Board (HDSB) and Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) to introduce a taxi scrip program for low-income high school students in Halton Hills.

“SPLIT makes the cost of public transit affordable for many students, families and older adults in our community,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr. “By expanding the transit options to include ActiVan and taxi scrip programs, we are supporting our partners at the Town of Halton Hills and the school boards to make their programs available to more people who need it. This is an important step in making subsidized transit more affordable and accessible across the region.”

“The enhancement to the SPLIT program is great news for Halton Hills residents,” said Halton Hills Mayor Rick Bonnette. “By including our ActiVan service and introducing a new taxi scrip program for secondary school students, the SPLIT program is increasing access to transit options, which will contribute to a better quality of life for our residents.”

The inclusion of the ActiVan program in SPLIT will enable more residents with limited mobility to access affordable transportation. The Town of Halton Hills ActiVan service is a specialized transportation service intended for seniors age 65 and older as well as persons with disabilities residing within Halton Hills. The ActiVan service allows eligible residents to travel anywhere within the municipal boundaries of Halton Hills for any purpose, including trips between Acton and Georgetown.

Similarly, the increase in SPLIT funding to the school boards enables secondary students in Halton Hills to access subsidized transit (taxis) to attend extra-curricular events and after school activities. This will ensure all low income students across Halton have equal opportunity to access activities that support their education and well-being. In addition to the transit options in Halton Hills, SPLIT offers subsidized monthly bus passes for low income residents using public transit in Burlington, Milton and Oakville.

To learn more about the SPLIT program, visit halton.ca/SPLIT. To find out if you qualify, call 311. Visit halton.ca to learn more about other financial, housing and employment supports available through Halton Region.

The Regional Municipality of Halton serves more than 500,000 residents in the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton, and the Town of Oakville. Halton Region is committed to meeting the needs of its residents through the delivery of cost-effective, quality programs and services, including water and wastewater; Regional roads and planning; paramedic services; waste management; public health; social assistance; children’s and seniors’ services; housing services; heritage programs; emergency management and economic development. For more information, dial 311 or visit Halton Region’s website at halton.ca.

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Media Contacts:
Stacey Hunter
Communications Specialist
Policy Integration & Communications
Halton Region
905-825-6000, ext. 7529
stacey.hunter@halton.ca

Alex Fuller, APR
Manager, Corporate Communications
Town of Halton Hills
905-873-2601 ext. 2412
afuller@haltonhills.ca