The TTC Board has approved the U-Pass for post-secondary students.
At Tuesday’s meeting, the Board 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.
The TTC says 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.
Because most institutions have their fees set for the 2018/2019 or later, schools who want to administer a U-Pass referendum could be ready for a fall 2019 implementation.
Although, the exception was University of Toronto (St. George Campus), which TTC’s Brad Ross said would be holding a referendum next week. If the U-Pass referendum held on March 26 and March 28 is successful, the TTC says a U-Pass could be implemented for fall 2018.
The TTC Board approved the U-pass for full-time university and college students. U of T holds a referendum next week. If they vote yes, the new pass will cost $70.
— Brad Ross (@bradTTC) March 20, 2018