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Students approve transit fee hike

Friday, April 9, 2010

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  • More than 90 per cent of undergraduate students voted in favour of
increasing the price of the U-Pass by $20.52 per semester in

    More than 90 per cent of undergraduate students voted in favour of increasing the price of the U-Pass by $20.52 per semester in

Written by Greg Beneteau

The future of the Universal Bus Pass looked more secure as students overwhelmingly approved a referendum question on increased transit fees.

According to sources in the Central Student Association, more than 90 per cent of undergraduate students voted in favour of increasing the price of the U-Pass by $20.52 per semester in 2010, and by $2 for two semesters after that.

As a result, the cost of a student bus pass will increase from it's current price of $61.63 to $82.15 during the Spring semester. By the Spring of 2011, it will cost $84.15.

Although undergrad students cast their ballots back in March, the results could not be released until graduate students held their elections this week.

A representative with the Graduate Students' Association confirmed that the transit fare increase had also been approved by 80 per cent of voters.

Exact figures were expected to be released sometime on Friday.

The new cost of the pass was negotiated between the CSA and the city, after Guelph Transit briefly floated the idea of canceling the U-Pass.

At the time, Guelph Transit manager Michael Anders claimed the passes were deeply undervalued and needed to be adjusted to reflect the cost of putting buses on the road.

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