The cost of the student U-Pass at UOIT/DC is set to increase by 15% over the next 3 years. The 93 Express GO bus is being removed from the U-pass and will have significant effects on students commuting from Scarbough. We demand that Durham Region Councillors immediately rectify the loss of the 93 and re-consider these constant increases.
The agreement for the U-pass has already been passed at the UOIT level, and once again students at UOIT/DC have been left in the dark. We are discovering quickly that we have no where to turn anymore. Our institutions have bypassed our consent and our Student Association appears to be indifferent. We have had enough.
We call on Durham Regional Councillors to immediately rectify the loss of the 93 Express GO bus from the U-pass. The cost of taking this bus without the U-pass will amount to nearly $252 a month without including any other transit costs that these students incur. We call on the region to reconsider the changes to the One Fare Anywhere program, as this will have a negative effect on not just students, but on everyone in Durham Region who uses public transit. We also call on you to re-consider all of these constant increases in U-pass charges. We are not unlimited sources of income and these substantial increases will have a significant impact on our finances. It is a double-blow to those students who drive to school and don't use the U-Pass, to have to keep putting forward more money for a pass they do not use. We ask that you consider what students mean for the prosperity of Durham Region. We ask that you remember that, although your costs might be rising, our debts are rising just the same.
We ask that our Student Association take an appropriate stance moving forward, having had the details of these agreements - while there are other places where the fault lies we expect better from the organization meant to represent us.
This no longer affects just students, anyone who uses GO Buses within this region is now going to see an increase in their costs to travel, we all need to be standing up to make our voices heard on this extremely important issue.
We call on all parties to think about our futures and the future of this region. None of us can afford what this entails.