If all goes according to plan, Toronto university students could potentially see their transit costs be included in their tuition in the coming years.
According to The Varsity, the University of Toronto Students’ Union (UTSU) has partnered with student unions from Ryerson University, U of T, George Brown College, and OCAD University with the hopes of bringing Toronto students U-Commute, an affordable transit pass.
The initiative would give Toronto university students access to an affordable and unlimited TTC pass that would potentially be included in tuition fees.
While this sounds like an incredible idea, this isn't a new concept to the UTSU. The UTSU attempted to get a more affordable transit pass for all students back in 2008, which, unfortunately, didn't end up going through.
Including transit passes in tuition fees has proven to be very beneficial at other Canadian universities in the past. Schools like the University of Guelph, McMaster, Carleton, University of Ottawa, and many others already include a local transit pass in tuition costs, which helped boost transit ridership by nearly 20 per cent.
“The idea is that with everyone pooling in, it ends up being cheaper for everyone,” Says Anne Boucher, Vice-President External of the UTSU. “The hope then is for a price that’s as affordable as possible. Of course, we recognize that transit in Toronto is quite unique and that the negotiations will be tough.”
To help bring this initiative to life, students are asked to complete the online U-Commute survey.
Source: The Varsity