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EPC approves transit passes for students

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If the plan is approved, students will pay an additional $260 in student fees and in return receive a pass good for the fall and winter semesters.

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If the plan is approved, students will pay an additional $260 in student fees and in return receive a pass good for the fall and winter semesters.

There was more than name-calling going on at city hall this morning.

The executive policy committee endorsed several proposals that will now move on to council, including:

  • A transit pass for all undergraduate students at the U of M and U of W. It was no surprise, as Mayor Katz had co-authored the motion, along with Coun. Jenny Gerbasi. It’s to go into effect in fall 2016, if the plan is supported in separate student referendums at both campuses. If approved, students will pay an additional $260 in student fees and in return receive a pass good for the fall and winter semesters.
  • The end of the $10,000 subsidy for new condo purchases in the Exchange. The controversial program never got off the paper after council overwhelmingly voted for the plan in July. Public backlash was quick and harsh. The $2.4-million price tag will be plowed into improved streetscaping for the area.
  • A $40,000 grant for Festival du Voyageur’s River Trail event. The money will help marketing of the popular river ice activities during the festival.
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