Toronto Transit Commission

Toronto Transit Commission

March 18, 2008 17:08 ET

TTC U-Pass Vote to Take Place at U of T Scarborough Campus

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 18, 2008) - Full and part-time students at the University of Toronto's Scarborough campus vote in a referendum tomorrow and Thursday on whether to participate in the TTC's U-Pass program.

The U-Pass program was created as a response to students from various post-secondary institutions. It offers a monthly transit pass for $60.00 per month on a semester system, and participation is mandatory by all students. The program is based on a similar framework in other cities, as is the pricing formula.

The monthly U-Pass price has been calculated so that the TTC does not generate any additional fare revenue from post-secondary students. Students will have the option of a similarly discounted VIVA pass or equivalent GO Transit value. The pass also includes free parking at all TTC parking lots.

The U-Pass will be collected as a student levy, included in student activity fees.

U-Pass background information:

Benefits of the U-Pass

- Cost of using transit for students is significantly reduced to $60 per month

- No more monthly line-ups to purchase passes as the U-Pass is valid for the entire semester

- Worry-free transportation for the semester

- More riders means increased service

- Eligible for the Federal Transit Tax Credit

- Positive benefits for the environment

Key Terms and Conditions of Proposed U-Pass

- The U-Pass is a transit pass and will be mandatory for all full-time and part-time undergraduate students at UTSC

- Participation of UTSC will be based on the results of a student referendum to be held on March 19th and 20th, 2008

- U-Pass fees will be collected as a student levy at the rate of $60 per month ($240 per semester)

- Students will receive a U-Pass at the beginning of each semester which will be valid for the entire 4 month term

- Students will have choice of service provider: TTC, York Region Transit or GO Transit:

-- If TTC is selected, U-Pass provides unlimited travel on all regular TTC routes

-- If YRT is selected, U-Pass provides unlimited travel on all one-zone YRT routes

-- If GO is selected, student receives equivalent credit for the purchase of applicable GO fare media

- The U-Pass is non-transferable (1 piece photo pass)

- The U-Pass does not provide access at TTC automatic entrances

- The U-Pass provides access to TTC commuter parking lots

- The U-Pass price is "frozen" until May 2010. Future price increases are based on the percentage increase in the regular Adult Metropass

- The U-Pass will be offered in all academic sessions

Contact Information

  • Toronto Transit Commission
    Danny Nicholson
    Media Relations
    (416) 393-3741