OTTAWA, Sept. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - At this morning's city council meeting,
Ottawa city councillors voted unanimously to reverse the age limitations
placed on student bus passes. Since its implementation in July, students have
been vocally opposed to the age cap and have collected thousands of petition
signatures in opposition to the age limit.
"I'm grateful that city councillors have recognized that a student is a
student no matter what their age," said Erik Halliwell, President of the
Carleton University Students Association, "It is encouraging to see city
council admit that they made a mistake and correct it."
As part of December's city budget, councillors voted in favour of
restricting the student bus pass to full time students 27 years of age and
under. Previously, any full time student was eligible to purchase a student
pass, saving students $19.50 every month, or almost $240 over the course of a
year. For the past two months, Ottawa has been one of the only transit systems
in the country to place an age restriction on their bus passes. Most major
cities across Canada offer a discounted student pass or have a Universal Bus
"Hopefully students who just bought their September bus passes at full
price will be refunded the difference and be issued a student pass instead,"
said Halliwell, "We look forward to working with OC Transpo to ensure that all
students know that they are once again eligible for the discount."
For further information:
For further information: Erik Halliwell, President of the Carleton
University Students' Association, Cell: (613) 899-3745