Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Hopping on bus-pass wagon will have to wait

Smaller institutions could get special rates in future: Gerbasi

  • Print
Passengers wait at a bus stop across from the University of Winnipeg.

WAYNE GLOWACKI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Enlarge Image

Passengers wait at a bus stop across from the University of Winnipeg. Photo Store

With students at Manitoba's two largest universities likely to get city council approval for a special price on bus passes, students from other post-secondary institutions are asking: What about us?

The price-break proposal was endorsed by the city's public works committee Tuesday and now goes to council for approval.

The deal would let students from the University of Winnipeg and University of Manitoba pay only $260 for a two-semester pass, beginning in the fall of 2016. That would be a considerable savings for students who take the bus regularly: Single fares are currently $2.55 and post-secondary passes are currently $67.75 per month.

But there's a catch. The special rate of $260 would be mandatory for each student at the U of M and the U of W, regardless of whether they take the bus, if the student bodies agree to the deal in referendums.

'I foresee this starting with the two major universities and then expanding in the future'

-- Coun. Jenny Gerbasi

Some students at the Université de Saint-Boniface are also interested in getting the U-Pass, but have yet to organize a referendum necessary to negotiate with the city.

"There is a significant number of students who take the bus to school," Nicolas Audette, president of Association Etudiante de L'Université de Saint-Boniface, said.

Red River College and smaller local universities such as St. Boniface could get their own bus passes, Coun. Jenny Gerbasi (Fort Rouge East Fort Garry) said.

"There can definitely be an expansion in the future," Gerbasi said, noting she has been in talks with Red River College, which in turn has been talking to Winnipeg Transit.

Audette said USB was part of preliminary discussions with Winnipeg Transit, but decided to see what the large schools could work out first before considering their own plans.

Many international students at USB rely on the bus, Audette said.

"The No. 10 bus goes right in front of the doors on Aulneau (Street)," he said. "Within a five-minute walk, we have frequent buses on Provencher," as well as a short walk to buses on Marion Avenue and at St. Boniface Hospital, Audette pointed out.

Audette said there is time to organize a referendum for next fall.

Gerbasi said city council started the bus passes with the large universities because there had been talks for a long time and details about costs and routes were well-known.

"The whole thing still depends on successful student referenda," Gerbasi said.

"I foresee this starting with the two major universities and then expanding in the future."

Bilan Arte, Manitoba representative for the Canadian Federation of Students, said neither Red River nor Université de Saint-Boniface was able to organize a referendum this fall before council dealt with the passes.

Canadian Mennonite University was notified, but is not a member of CFS, she said

"CMU students were not in favour given the high percentage living in residence," said a university official.

nick.martin@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 8, 2014 A9

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Drew Willy says team couldn't get anything going

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • MIKE.DEAL@FREEPRESS.MB.CA 100615 - Tuesday, June 15th, 2010 The Mane Attraction - Lions are back at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. Xerxes a 3-year-old male African Lion rests in the shade of a tree in his new enclosure at the old Giant Panda building.  MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS
  • A young goose   reaches for long strands of grass Friday night near McGillvary Blvd-See Bryksa 30 Day goose challenge- Day 19 - May 23, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

What's your take on a report that shows violent crime is decreasing in Winnipeg?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google