By Tyler Sutherland
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.