In an attempt to posture himself to jostle for the mayor's position, Coun. Scott Fielding again shows his lack of faith in evidence-based policy planning (Fielding won't support U-Pass plan, Feb. 25).
Winnipeg is the only Canadian city of its size that does not currently have a student transit program -- either through a U-Pass or subsidization beyond our current rates -- such as the one set to begin in Winnipeg in fall 2016,
U-Passes take thousands of student commuters off the roads and increase ridership on rapid-transit routes, which in turn justify service improvements for all Winnipeggers -- not just post-secondary students.
By subsidizing this program, the city is spending money to benefit all Winnipeggers, clearly showing the U-Pass is in the public interest.
If Fielding is serious about future political aspirations, he should have a look at what other Canadian cities are doing. Failing to examine the long-term implications for such programs sets a poor tone for his mayoral ambitions.