City of Edmonton launches Ride Transit Program

New subsidized transit pass connects more people to opportunities

July 4, 2017

Lower income adults and youth across Edmonton will benefit from a new initiative aimed at providing more affordable transportation. Beginning July 4, up to 40,000 eligible Edmontonians can begin applying for a monthly ETS transit pass at a subsidized rate of $35/month.


“We look forward to seeing more Edmontonians in need better connected to opportunities and essential services through the Ride Transit program,” said Eddie Robar, Edmonton Transit Service Branch Manager. “By introducing an affordable transit pass program, the City is supporting EndPovertyEdmonton goals and building a better, more inclusive community.


The Ride Transit program is for Edmontonians ages 6-64, with incomes below federal thresholds: 

Not eligible: Transit passes for seniors are already offered at a very affordable rate. Children five and under ride free. University students are already part of the UPass program.


People must be pre-approved for the Ride Transit Program in order to purchase this pass. Applications are available online or in person. The subsidized rate takes effect on August 15 when the September subsidized monthly transit passes become available for purchase from 11 locations throughout the city:


  • Libraries: Abbottsfield, Westmount, and Jasper Place

  • Recreation Facilities: ACT, Clareview, Commonwealth, Confederation, O’Leary, Mill Woods, and Terwillegar.

  • Edmonton Service Centre (Edmonton Tower)


The pilot Ride Transit Program runs until the end of 2018. It includes support from Edmonton Public Library and City recreation facilities, as well as, funding from the Alberta government.

For more information, visit Ride Transit Program.