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U-Pass Transit Program Gets Green Light from EPC

February 12, 2014 12:10 PM | News

By Tyler Sutherland

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Winnipeg Transit buses wait outside Investors Group Field at the University of Manitoba (CHRISD.CA FILE)

The proposed U-Pass transit program cleared another hurdle at City Hall on Wednesday.

The executive policy committee approved the plan, which would see University of Manitoba and University of Winnipeg students pay a reduced fee of $260 for a two-semester transit pass.

“We’ve been working with student representatives for many months to come up with a plan that will work for the City of Winnipeg and university students,” Mayor Sam Katz said in a statement. “I think this proposal achieves our goal, by providing reduced fares and encouraging long-term ridership.”

Winnipeg Transit expects ridership to increase due to the U-Pass program and would purchase eight additional buses should it be implemented.

Student associations will hold membership referendums on the idea by November 1, with a target date for the U-Pass to be in place by September 2016.

The program still requires approval by city council.