TTC Proposes $70 Monthly Pass for College and University Students

U-Pass would require mandatory payment tacked onto tuition fees

In a report released on Tuesday, the Toronto Transit Commission recommended a U-Pass program that would see students at participating colleges and universities receieve a discounted metro pass for as little as $70. The catch? Payment for the pass would be mandatory and added to existing student fees, whether or not students intend to use the pass.

“A U-Pass will make transportation more affordable for post-secondary students and could potentially unlock additional economic, educational and cultural opportunities,” the report reads.

The TTC’s board will discuss the proposal on March 20. Many students already take advantage of a discounted pass at $116.75. A mandatory fee would no doubt rub a lot of students the wrong way. The published report included a section on an opt-out clause, which would be on a case-by-case basis.

“Mandatory participation in a U-Pass program may potentially impose a burden on students whose personal circumstances or needs related to a protected ground under the Ontario Human Rights Code restrict their ability to utilize transit (conventional transit system or specialized transit services). In order to eliminate this potential burden, an opt-out provision will be offered to accommodate these students. These opt-out requests will be assessed by the post-secondary institution on a case-by-case basis.”

According to numbers in the report, 40,000 post-secondary students paying $70 for the U-Pass would generate as much as $2.8 million for the TTC.

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