Universal transit U-Pass needed

The Alma Mater Society of University of British Columbia, Students Unions of Vancouver Community College, Emily Carr Students’ Union and Douglas Students’ Union are calling for the expansion of the highly successful Universal Transit Pass (U-Pass) program to all public post secondary institutions in the lower mainland.

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one.pass.now.logoThe OnePassNow campaign is calling for a $25 U-Pass for all Metro Vancouver students to fulfill the Premier’s election promise “…to introduce a common U-Pass program for all post-secondary students … for a flat fee that is the same for students throughout Metro Vancouver.”

The U-Pass program has been one of the most successful transit programs in Metro Vancouver because it provides students with an affordable way to increase their transit use while relieving some of the financial burden for students. Currently, students at Vancouver Community College, Emily Carr University and Douglas College pay three times more than UBC students for their monthly transit pass. The OnePassNow campaign is calling for a standardization of the UBC rate so that all students can enjoy the benefits of a $25 U-Pass.

There are also significant environmental benefits of expanding the U-Pass program. TransLink staff have reported that in order to achieve the greenhouse gas emission targets set by the Premier, transit ridership would have to double in the Greater Vancouver Regional District by 2020. Currently, transit serves fewer than twelve percent of all trips in the GVRD. Students at Emily Carr University, Douglas College and Vancouver Community College present a large pool of current as well as potential transit users that could help the BC Government achieve its ambitious goal.

To find out more about the campaign go to www.OnePassNow.ca

Contact Info > info@onepassnow.ca

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