Students oppose proposed TTC Fare Hike for Part-Time Students

TORONTO, Feb. 28 /CNW/ - Toronto students oppose the potential $8 - $22 fare hike on the Post Secondary Student Metro Pass monthly Metropass being considered by the Toronto Transit Commission on Tuesday, March 1.

"It is unacceptable that the Toronto Transit Commission staff has recommended that part-time students be excluded from the Post-Secondary TTC Student Discount program," said Vanessa Hunt, VP Campus Life for the York Federation of Students.

"Part time students need this discount. They face the same financial difficulties as full time students, are excluded from provincial loans systems, and are often taking part time studies simply because they cannot afford to go full time," said Mohammad Ali Aumeer, President of the Continuing Education Students' Association of Ryerson.

"Students will be present on Tuesday to ask for the TTC to delay this decision to have more consultation with Toronto's students," said Danielle Sandhu, Vice-President, Equity for the University of Toronto Students' Union.

Representatives from part-time and full time student unions will be attending the meeting on March 1, 2011 to attempt to sway city councilors against adoption of this recommendation.

SOURCE York Federation of Students

For further information:

Andrea Barbara, Programming and Outreach Coordinator, Continuing Education Students; Association of Ryerson, 417-979-5913. 

Danielle Sandhu, Vice-President, Equity, University of Toronto Students' Union, 647-986-2586 (cell)

Krisna Saravanamuttu, President, York Federation of Students, 647-448-0576 (cell)

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