November 07, 2015 - 2:31 PM
KELOWNA – Students at UBC Okanagan approved an increases rate for the universal transit U-Pass during a referendum this week.
The cost of the U-Pass is included with tuition and will cost students $63 per semester.
The last time the rate was raised was 2011.
U-Pass is a special universal transit pass allowing for a greatly discounted rate that helps make student transportation affordable. UBC Administration, which also benefits from the program, accounts for 10 per cent of the shared cost.
During a referendum on Nov. 4 and 5 in which 1,102 students voted, 84 per cent voted in favour of the increase, a record turnout according to UBCO.
“We are extremely pleased with the level of student engagement in this year’s referendum,” City of Kelowna regional programs manager Jerry Dombowsky says in a media release. “The votes in favour demonstrates that the U-Pass is a highly-valued program that students want to see continue in the years ahead.”
The increase helps offset new costs, driver wages, fuel and maintenance and allows service improvements to continue.
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