Eli Ridder | The Avro Post
Toronto’s transit administration is meeting next week to consider the creation of a discounted monthly pass for post-secondary students after a survey by four downtown schools proved strong student interest in the concept.
A staff report outlines that the program would not gain profit but would not lose any money either for the Toronto Transit Commission, or TTC.
Should the program be adopted, full time students would automatically be charged $280 per semester through their student fees with the “U-Pass” accessible via a Presto card.
This system is not unprecedented, and is the standard for smaller cities such as Guelph, where university students share the transit burden whether they use the bus system there or not.
A survey run by four Toronto post-secondary institutions found that 95 per cent of 16,000 respondents said they would be in favour of the program, and brought the results to the TTC.
It was not immediately clear whether the university pass would include the University of Guelph-Humber or Humber College, or whether student leadership would hold a referendum on the issue for their peers to decide whether to opt in.
The Avro Post reached out to IGNITE Student Life leadership last week after Ryerson’s newspaper said Humber College was interested in the pass, but received no response.
“A U-Pass priced at $70 per month, or $560 for eight months, amounts to a 40 per cent savings over the purchase of a post-secondary metropass,” the report reads.
“A U-Pass will make transportation more affordable for post-secondary students and could potentially unlock additional economic, educational and cultural opportunities.”
The report also says that the pass can allow some students to live in different areas with lower housing costs.
The report says that some 760,000 post-secondary transit passes were sold in 2017, at a cost of $166.75 each, bringing in a profit of $61.7 million for the TTC.
The profit number would essentially be guaranteed if the “U-Pass” was put in place.
More details to follow. Image of the TTC from