Part-time students could lose TTC discount

Program too costly and ridership gains are ‘negligible’

Part-time students in Toronto could lose their eligibility for discounted transit fares, if city council approves a recommendation from the Toronto Transit Commission. While the TTC extended the discount to private career college students, who were previously excluded, in December, a review of the program concluded that losses on the discount were too high and that ridership gains were “negligible.” To mitigate the cost associated with permitting students attending private colleges to access discounted fares, the commission is now recommending that beginning July 31 that part-time students lose their eligibility. A transit spokesmen told the Toronto Star that “the TTC (staff report) is only looking at it from a budgetary point of view, given the budget pressures the TTC currently has, as opposed to any other issue like ability to pay.”




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Part-time students could lose TTC discount

  1. “…a review of the program concluded that losses on the discount were too high…”, ostensibly, for the TTC everyone is so poor and starving there, so no loss is acceptable,

    even though they say the net effect of their costs was negligible “…and that ridership gains were “negligible”…”.

    Way to put those students in there place, I am sure if you hired those student to write this TTC review they would never have regarded their buss travel savings as ‘negligible’. As ANY student knows, nothing is negligible during those days. I say take a bite out of TTC and walk or bike, you’re still young, the TTC should have targeted the less capable elderly/disabled… well i’m sure we’ll be blogging about that next week (hope i’m kidding, but these days nothing is sacred).

  2. This proposal seems fair. Part-time students are part-time because they are working. Those earnings can fund their travel. Full-time students, even if they work part-time, are typically debt-funded, so charging them full-fares burdens them with additional long-term debt.

    The decision on private colleges is a no-brainer. Paying a private, unacredited college, is no different from paying for any other service and doing so does not merit any sort of discount. If the government doesn’t consider such payments as “educational” (hence the lack of accreditation), then neither should the TTC.

  3. The whole fare system is archaic and TTC should adopt the smart card like in NYC.
    They could then reduce fares making up for all the shortages from under payment to
    Old transfers and counterfeit metro passes.

  4. Private career colleges are not “accredited” they are “registered under the private career colleges act 2005″ by the Ministry of Training, colleges and universities – same government ministry that regulates public colleges and universities. TTC is only giving the discount to full-time students attending registered PCCs, not illegally operating schools.

    And, accreditation is done on a program by program basis by third party bodies – such a dental hygiene programs or paralegal programs accredited by the Law Society of Upper Canada.

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