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New U-Pass transit deal reached with Durham Region Transit


The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) has negotiated a tentative agreement with Durham Region Transit (DRT) on the cost of the Universal Transit Pass (U-Pass) program.

All UOIT full-time students receive a U-Pass, which provides unlimited access during the academic year to DRT bus service in Durham Region and connection to GO Transit services. The cost for the U-Pass is included in full-time student ancillary fees, and provides transit service to students at a fraction of regular monthly student pass rates.

The U-Pass fees were approved by the UOIT Ancillary Fees Committee, in accordance with the protocol for changes in compulsory ancillary fees as governed by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. The six-member committee is comprised of three UOIT administrative representatives and three UOIT student representatives. The Student Association was kept apprised of all developments throughout the process.

The increase amounts to approximately five per cent in each of three years, starting in September 2013. The DRT U-Pass program compares favourably relative to similar programs at other universities in Ontario. Without the U-Pass program, students who use public transit in Durham Region would see their costs more than quadruple by paying regular fares, and an increased number of students would choose to drive to campus. This would put greater pressure on available campus parking and also increase the university’s carbon footprint.

UOIT has secured the best possible deal for student transit in Durham Region. UOIT and Durham College will continue to work with transit partners to ensure fast and safe service at the lowest possible cost. UOIT is committed to an open, transparent and accountable process that is supportive of students.