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Special bus pass clears hurdle

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THE city's university students are a step closer to getting a special transit pass.

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

The plan would see students from the University of Winnipeg and University of Manitoba pay $260 for a two-semester pass beginning in the fall of 2016.

The pass program came back to city hall after a similar proposal failed to be included in the 2014 budget.

But Mayor Sam Katz and Coun. Jenny Gerbasi promised to keep the idea alive and brought the proposal to council last month.

Post-secondary students currently pay $67.75 per month for a transit pass.

University student leaders praised councillors, calling the new plan a compromise from the one that failed to get support in December.

"This represents a great compromise from what was originally proposed," said Rorie McLeod Arnould, a representative of the University of Winnipeg Students' Association.

The plan is contingent on students at both universities approving it in separate campus referendums.

The proposed transit pass would cost the city an estimated $1.1 million annual subsidy.

The December plan envisioned students paying a lesser amount, which would have cost the city more than $3 million annually.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 5, 2014 A7

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