The University of Toronto Mississauga Student’s Union…

Dear Editor,

The University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union has provided an amazing U-Pass service for the past four years, which provides unlimited transit for students for the eight-month regular academic year for one flat fee. With just over 9,000 UTM students picking up their U-Pass this year, the need for UTMSU to maintain this service is essential.

Ridership for the U-Pass has increased by 300% rather than the expected 50%, according to Mississauga Transit. From the initial conception of the program, three new bus routes to/from UTM have been added, namely the 110, 44, and 101. On behalf of UTMSU, we are proud to bring you “I HEART U-PASS” at UTM!

Your student union would like to recommend that you vote YES in the upcoming referendum to keep the eight-month regular year U-Pass for $130 and to introduce a NEW Summer U-Pass, open to only summer school students who are registered part-time and full-time, for $85! We have one of the cheapest U-Pass programs in all of Ontario, among cities comparable in size. Your elected executives and other students like you who sat on the negotiating team will be out from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day from November 15 to 25 to answer your questions!

So why should you support the U-Pass?

• You only pay for the summer U-Pass if you are a summer student!

• You save an average of $990 over the year on transit!

• You support the environment by being more sustainable!

• You don’t need to worry about buying tickets and having change!

• You have unlimited access to Mississauga Transit buses on any route at any time!

…and more!

UTMSU has been working for you, and now is your chance to make a difference. From November 23 to 25 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., bring your T-Card to the South, North, or CCIT, and vote YES to keep your eight-month U-Pass, and get a NEW summer U-Pass.

Heart your U-Pass—vote YES. From your student union, the University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union (UTMSU).

In solidarity,

Vickita Bhatt

President of UTMSU

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