The Region of Waterloo, in southwestern Ontario, can be characterized as a dispersed urban-suburban-rural locale. Similar to other areas across Canada and the United States, affordable transportation - which can be viewed as transportation with reasonable financial and other costs - remains a struggle for people with low incomes that live in the region. This challenge is exacerbated by the dispersed structure of the Region in which many people are compelled to rely heavily on cars to move around.
A research project looking into the affordability of public transit in Waterloo Region. Particular attention was given to the Region's discount bus pass and discount bus ticket programs. Research involved consultation with patrons with low incomens and other key individuals/organizations in the region.