An update in efforts to #KeepCalgaryStrong
Selina made a powerful and personal video almost a decade ago to give viewers a unique view into how the City of Calgary transit system is central to everyday life for her and her daughter. Today, in light of upcoming budget discussions, this video – and her update of it 9 years later – are just as crucial to the discussions.
Here is Selina’s story and videos – in her own words.
Nine years ago I made a video for Vibrant Communities Calgary to show a glimpse of what my commute looks like on Calgary Transit. The idea was to illustrate the challenges of taking transit when you have a long commute. The feedback I received on the video ranged from understanding to criticism for living so far away from my daughter’s school.
A lot has changed in the last nine years, both personally and for Calgary Transit. To update the video, I recorded a voice over the original video to highlight the improvements. The biggest change has been the increased affordability of transit through the Low-Income Transit Pass, something I wasn’t able to benefit from at the time of the video and the accessibility of transit through the expanded LRT lines, BRT routes and reduced physical barriers.
It’s important that the city maintains the sliding scale low-income pass to ensure all Calgarians are able to access the transit system that allows them to move across the city with ease.
#KeepCalgaryStrong is a growing coalition of organizations and Calgarians that support the principle set out by City Council: cuts in the operating budget should do the least harm to Calgary’s most vulnerable and poor. We believe that if budget cuts are necessary, they should not compromise access to jobs, safety, education, health care and the social participation of those most dependent on City services.