STOP TTC! Don’t Eliminate the Part-time Post-secondary Student Metropass!
On Tuesday March 1, a recommendation that part-time students be cut from post-secondary Metropass eligibility will be voted on by the TTC Commission at 1:00pm at City Hall. If this goes through ONLY full-time students would be eligible as of September 2011.
The post-secondary Metropass was just introduced in the 2010/2011 academic year. Part-time students, in other words, may have just a year to benefit from this new fare structure before it is retracted and the Part Time Student Union at U of T thinks this is the wrong way for TTC to go.
We, the undersigned, support APUS’ opposition to the TTC’s recommendation for the following reasons:
1. Significant numbers of part-time students come from the most marginalized communities and are further marginalized in their university experience because many academic programs and services are not available to them.
2. Part-time students tend to work while attending school and many are also parents. An affordable discounted post secondary TTC pass is crucial to helping manage these demands on a daily basis.
3. Part-time students face systemic economic barriers such as being ineligible for OSAP. An affordable monthly pass for $99.00 makes all the difference to helping them balance the challenges of exorbitant tuition fees and increasing cost of living rates such as the recent 0.4 cent rise in gas just this week alone.