Posted tagged ‘student transit fares’

Citizens lobby for school passes

September 2, 2009

Burnaby Now

Alfie Lau

School field trips are in danger of becoming a thing of the past, according to two local citizens who are trying to get a low-cost group transit pass for schools and daycares.

Schula Leonard, a Burnaby librarian and Sharon Freeman, a Burnaby teacher, are part of a group called the TripEd Committee. The group wants TransLink to OK a low-cost annual group transit pass that would cover students, teachers and support people on educational field trips.

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Student bus pass issue back to council

September 2, 2009

OTTAWA CITIZEN

Committee votes to reverse age limit

By Kate Jaimet

OTTAWA — Mature students were given hope for cheaper bus passes Tuesday as city council’s transit committee unanimously passed a resolution asking council to reverse its decision to cap the age for student transit passes at 27.

However, the resolution still has to be debated by full city council next Wednesday, and it’s expected to face a rough ride from councillors unwilling to re-open the city budget.

“When it rises to council next week, it will take 18 votes out of 24 to reverse that budget decision taken last year,” Bay Councillor Alex Cullen said. “We will have to deal with, where does that extra $220,000 come from? Because we are not going to send out an extra tax bill.”

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