Will it be means tested?
I support this proposal in principle, however, I would prefer to see passes issued only to seniors who actually need the free pass.
I do not believe seniors who can afford these fares should be subsidized by taxpayers.
There should be a cut off income in order to be eligible for free passes.
I'm happy to have an income cut off, however a lot over 65s would be retired - and wouldn't be earning much money as a result. I'm going to say $30,000 p/a, as a starting point, for a free bus pass. I'm willing to move that figure around.
I support this, but our bus system is unreliable and sparse in many parts of our region, so I worry that the incentive, while good, might not be enough to actually get pensioners to take the bus. Maybe we can add this on to the mass transit expansion bill?
I'm happy to add this to the mass transit expansion bill.