Eli Ridder | The Avro Post

Four University of Guelph-Humber Board of Directors candidates said on Wednesday they are in favor of the proposed discounted transit pass for post-secondary students that could be offered to schools as early as next week.

TTC to consider ‘U-Pass’

‘Humber is interested’

The Toronto Transit Commission is set to consider the “U-Pass” next week, a plan that would have students share the cost of a semester transit card among the tuition of full-time students at a cost of $280, resulting in a guaranteed profit for the city company.

Raakeve Gunasekaram, Saffiya Lulat, Amelia Savoie and Nikke Sandhu all told The Avro Post via the digital press pool on Wednesday afternoon that they were in favor of having the pass, which would spread the cost over student tuition for schools that opt in.

The Academic Reform Group released a statement in favor of transparency over the transit program late on Wednesday.

The student group also requested that the University of Guelph-Humber, Humber College and IGNITE Student Life release any information they may have on potentially joining the program should it be activated.

It is unclear at this point whether Guelph-Humber or Humber College would opt into the so-called “U-Pass” and who would make that decision, however, Ryerson University’s student newspaper reported that Humber was “interested”.

Elected IGNITE Student Life officials did not respond to a Post inquiry made two weeks ago on whether Humber College was indeed looking to get involved in the discounted pass.

More details to follow. Image of the campaign posters from Eli Ridder/The Avro Post. 

Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a freelance journalist. He founded The Avro Post in October 2017. He writes for Breaking911 and Guelph Politico, among others. Feel free to connect at ELIRIDDER@ICLOUD.COM or at ELIRIDDER.CA

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