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Vancouver Election 2014: Meena Wong Proposes 'Dollar A Day' Transit Pass

10/16/2014 06:45 EDT | Updated 10/16/2014 06:59 EDT

Vancouver mayoral candidate Meena Wong has waded into the city's heated transit debate by proposing a universal "dollar a day" travel pass.

The Vancouver Pass, or V-Pass, would cost $365 per year, the COPE candidate announced in a Wednesday news release.

"To build a Vancouver everyone can afford, we need to reduce transit fares," Wong said. “A dollar a day Vancouver transit pass would save each transit rider $1,680 per year."

Wong says she wants all Vancouverites to have access to transit the way that post-secondary students do with the U-Pass, which costs $35 monthly as part of their student fees. Comparatively, a regular three-zone pass costs $170 each month.

If every working-age Vancouverite paid $30 per month for the V-Pass, it would generate $160 million for the transit system, Wong says. Residents would also have the opportunity to opt-out.

The Vancouver election is on Nov. 15.

Got a question for Meena Wong? She will be participating in a Reddit AMA ("Ask Me Anything"), organized by HuffPost B.C. and the Vancouver subreddit on Monday, Oct. 20 at 1:15 p.m.

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