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UBC Okanagan students okay with pricier transit pass

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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.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at aproskiw@infonews.ca or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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