Provide ETS Discounts for all EPSB Students

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To whom it may concern,

As of the 2017/2018 school year, Edmonton Public School Board (EPSB) students who live outside of the zone for the school they are attending are required to pay $55 a month for a monthly ETS bus pass or $470 for an annual pass (Sep - June). However, students who live inside the zone, but still 2.4 KM or more away from the school only have to pay $18 a month or $180 for the annual pass.

My name is Eric LeFort and I am a grade 12 student at Strathcona High School, currently I am living in the Terwillegar neighbourhood just outside of the zone for Strathcona. I ride two busses almost every day to school, the 36 and the Riverbend School Special. Usually, it takes me just under an hour to reach Strathcona but I do it anyway, because I love the school and the programs available there! Every day, I ride the School Special with my friends, all of whom receive the discount for being in the zone, arguably I spend more time on transit each day than all of them as I have the longest route to take, but I still have to pay the full amount. 

Essentially my argument is this: Why does the student who never rides the bus, but lives within the zone for their school receive a discount on their pass, but me and many other students who ride transit almost every day do not? If you agree with me and feel that this is wrong, no matter if you receive the discount or not, please join the cause and sign your name, it would mean a lot to me and all the other students affected by this!

A possible solution to this situation, would be to provide the discount for all students, but make it smaller like $30/month! This is just a suggestion however, as I am definitely not knowledgeable regarding the EPSB budget so I cannot provide a perfect solution. I just thought it would be nice to share an idea!

I would also like to point out that while reimbursement would be greatly appreciated it is not required, and my main goal is simply to have this decision adjusted to include all EPSB students in the discount for the future. Thank you ever so much for taking the time to read this petition, and have a wonderful day!

Eric.                 



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