More than 10,000 Students Oppose $70 U-Pass Hike

OTTAWA, Nov. 21, 2011 /CNW/ - Students will gather at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University to collect postcards on behalf of students opposed to the proposed 24% increase to the price of the Universal Transit Pass (U-Pass).Following a disappointing recommendation of the Transit Commission to increase the price from $145 per semester to $180 per semester. The Transit Commission also recommended the elimination of the student semester and annual pass, which will leave thousands of college students without an affordable transit option.

"Students in this city have seen a massive cut in routes and services from OC Transpo, and now they are expected to pay more for their U-Pass", said Vice President University Affairs of the SFUO, Elizabeth Kessler. "It's adding insult to injury,"

Students in the capital region have been hit hard financially in recent years. On top of paying amongst the highest tuition fees in the country, OC Transpo is offering the highest U-Pass program in the country. The student unions have created a comprehensive research paper that finds that the increase is a cash grab for OC Transpo, while OC Transpo continues to claim that the new price is 'revenue neutral'.

Throughout the Fall semester, the students' unions have been collecting postcards to deliver to City Hall asking councillors to reconsider the proposed increases by OC Transpo. "We have spent the past few months talking to students about the future of the U-Pass program It is not a surprise that they are quite frankly very angry about the decision made by OC Transpo. We hope that the city councillors will hear our message when we deliver thousands signatures of students opposing the price increase" said Chantle Beeso, Vice President Student Issues at the Carleton University Students' Association.

Students will be collecting postcards on campuses throughout the day, and finalizing the count of signatures at 3:00pm. Students expect that they have collected more than 10,000 signatures on behalf of the University of Ottawa and Carleton University students.

SOURCE Carleton University Students' Association

For further information:

Chantle Beeso, Vice President Student Issues Carleton University
Student' Association Office 613-520-2600 Ext 1607
Postcard count - 3:00pm, Atrium, 4th floor Unicentre Building

Elizabeth Kessler, Vice President University Affairs
Student Federation of the University of Ottawa
Office 613-562-5800 Ext 4074
Postcard count -3PM, Couch Lounge, Jock Turckot University Centre, University of Ottawa

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