TORONTO, Oct. 29, 2013 /CNW/ - College and university students in the
Greater Toronto Area have launched a survey to gather feedback about
the accessibility and affordability of public transit in the GTA. To
date, almost 5,000 surveys have been collected from students.
"Fare hikes, route changes and cuts, and spending priorities for new
transit services impact the daily lives of students in the GTA," said
Alastair Woods, Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of
Students-Ontario. "We need a public transit system that ensures that
students can afford to travel to school, are not stranded after late
night work shifts, and can fully participate in student life."
The survey asks about the routes and services students use; when
students use transit the most; whether they use or would use services
such as request stop programs or discounts for college and university
students; and whether issues with public transit had caused them to
miss a class, drop a course, not attend a social or sporting event or
be late for or miss a shift at work.
"While public transit has been a hot topic for municipal and provincial
politicians, the needs of students have largely been ignored," said
Woods. "Students are ready for action on improving transit in the GTA
and this survey will provide important research to ensure transit
policy recognizes student priorities."
In addition to the survey, students are organizing a series of campus
town halls to raise awareness about public transit, including one
tonight hosted by the Scarborough Campus Students' Union with Toronto
City Councillor Paul Ainslie.
The survey is available here.
The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario represents more than 300,000
college, undergraduate and graduate students in all regions of the
province, including students at George Brown College, OCAD, Ryerson
University, York University and the St. George, Mississauga, and
Scarborough campuses of the University of Toronto.
SOURCE: Canadian Federation of Students - Ontario
For further information:
Kaley Kennedy, Communications Coordinator: 647-302-3891 (cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org