Julia Nowicki | CUP
Toronto Transit Commission staff have guaranteed a price point under $80 for a proposed monthly university transit pass, according to Ryerson Students’ Union Vice President of Education Daniel Lis.
The commitment was made ahead of the TTC board meeting on Mar. 20, where TTC staff and student unions from post-secondary institutions across Toronto will present the final proposal to the commissions board for adoption of the discounted transit, or “u”, pass.
“TTC will be approving a price that is lower than $80,” Lis said.
“We’ll have student representatives from different parts of the city at the board meeting to present our case to the TTC and advocate for an even lower price.”
Lis and the RSU have been working with George Brown Collage, Ontario College of Art and Design and the University of Toronto since May of last year to implement a “u-pass”.
Other post-secondary institutions, such as Humber College and Seneca College, recently expressed interest.
If approved by the board on Mar. 20, schools will be able to apply for the discounted pass which would be included in students’ tuition payments, without an option for students to opt out of the additional fee.
“People will be able to opt out if they do not use TTC because of AODA compliance. If they have disabilities that prevent them from using the TTC, they legally have an opt-out,” Lis said.
The U-Commute survey conducted by the RSU and other student unions, which surveyed over 16,000 students across Toronto campuses, found 95 per cent of students would be in favour of a U-Pass, Lis said.
The Post reached out to IGNITE Student Life, Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber for comment on Sunday evening.
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