Mandatory bus passes for Winnipeg university students are not feasible right now for economic reasons, Winnipeg Transit concludes in a new report.
In a pair of referenda in 2012, the University of Manitoba Students Union and the University of Winnipeg Students Association approved the idea of embedding a "UPass," or mandatory bus pass, into the cost of annual admissions. U of W students endorsed the idea of a UPass costing no more than $100 per term, while U of M students supported a UPass costing no more than $85 per term.
In a report to city council, Winnipeg Transit service-development manager Bjorn Radstrom says such a move would increase demand for bus service to and from the universities by 20 per cent and create the need to purchase new buses.
The combined operating and capital costs would be $3.67 million more than the revenue it would bring in, Radstrom concludes.
"As such, in order to succeed, the resultant funding gap would need to be addressed," he writes.
The report will come before council’s public works committee on Tuesday.