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U of T students vote against TTC's $70 discount transit pass

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Yasmin Aboelsaud Mar 29, 2018 8:48 am 1,342

While the TTC Board approved the U-Pass for post-secondary students, actual students didn’t seem to feel the same.

Last week, the TTC approved the $70 U-Pass (Universal Pass) for students to make transit more affordable and increase ridership. The unlimited TTC travel pass is less than half the price of an adult monthly pass, but there is a catch.

In order for the U-Pass to work and be cost neutral, the participation is mandatory for all eligible students. This means, $280, the cost of the pass, is included in the post-secondary fees a student pays each semester.

And at the first U-Pass referendum, students voted against it.

According to the University of Toronto, 65.6% of voters at the downtown campus said no to the proposed transit pass, while 34% were in favour. The school says that about 12,400 students cast a ballot.

A Facebook event titled “Vote NO to the UTSU U-Pass referendum” outlined to students 12 reasons to vote against the pass.

“U-Pass will unfairly place financial burden on students who live on residence or near campus,” stated the event, adding that it “will generate additional and guaranteed revenue for the TTC.”

The vote left some student unhappy.

The TTC had said that the cost of the U-Pass was determined based on the participation of at least one of the following schools: University of Toronto – St George; Ryerson University; OCAD University; and George Brown College.

One down, three to go.

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Yasmin Aboelsaud
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