‘U-Pass’- Significant discount for post-secondary students by TTC

‘U-Pass’- The TTC board has approved a significant discount for post-secondary students in Toronto.The “U-Pass” would only be made available to full-time students at public universities and colleges at first but the TTC will later report on the potential to expand the program to private career colleges and part-time students as well.

The board met on Tuesday to discuss a staff report that recommended the creation of a “U-Pass,” which would allow students at participating universities to ride the TTC for $70 per month.

The proposal would automatically charge $280 per semester – which adds up to $70 per month – to students through their student fees and they would not be able to opt-out of the program. The “U-Pass” would then be added onto the students’ PRESTO cards allowing them full access to all TTC services.

Eligible students would be have the “U-Pass” for all three semesters, including the summer semester.

OCAD University, Ryerson University, University of Toronto, York University, Centennial College, George Brown College, Humber College, and Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology were named in the staff report as the stakeholders the TTC board consulted when designing this program.

Since the program has been approved, the TTC will enter negotiations with these post-secondary institutions to see who is interested in participating.

In order for the program to cost the set amount at least one of the following schools (University of Toronto St. George Campus, York University or Ryerson University) has to opt-in.

If the other schools want to participate as well, they too would have to hold a student referendum.Each participating post-secondary institution would have to agree to a four-year term with the program.