Halifax Regional Council deferred a decision of whether to give low-income people a break on their bus pass. 

There's a proposal before council to offer 500 people the chance to buy a monthly bus pass at half price as part of Metro Transit's five-year service plan.

That means a pass would cost those who qualify $39 instead of the usual $78.

“This will offer the opportunity particularly for people who are maybe just entering the workforce and don't have a lot of disposable income at this point in time. It will certainly provide them with some support and perhaps also for families in particular,” said Coun. Jennifer Watt.

“Kids wanting to get out going to the library, or whatever events, particularly in winter when it's hard to walk.”

Dozens of people spilling out of a bus at the Dartmouth Bridge Terminal on Tuesday said they like the idea of a cheaper bus pass for those in need.

"I think that would be a good idea. Lots of time I don't go nowhere because I don't have any bus fare. That might help,” said Jim Boudreau.

Mary Smith said she already takes advantage of Metro Transit's free senior day, but said a discount would help her the other six days of the week.

“Right now I can get out Tuesdays because it's free. I think twice about taking the bus. I don't get that much on disability,” she said.

Watts said it’s unclear how much the discount will cost the city, but it could be as much as $120,000.

However, city staff said if most of those who buy a pass are new transit users, the six-month trial will pay for itself.