The British Columbia Institute of Technology Student Association (BCITSA) announced today that a referendum to ratify the new U-Pass BC contract passed with 82% support. 2062 students voted in the referendum, held from January 18th to 22nd, with 1694 voting in favor, and 368 opposed. This result means that eligible students in Full-Time Studies will retain the U-Pass, with a monthly fee increase from $38.00 to $39.50 in 2016/17 and from $39.50 to $41.00 in 2017/18. The new fees will take effect starting May 1, 2016.
For a limited time (expected mid-May to mid-September) BCIT will provide eligible students with a ‘Initial Release Compass Card” onto which they will load their U-Pass each month. Once Translink makes Compass Cards available through its public distribution channels (7-11, London Drugs, station vending machines etc) the ‘Initial Release’ cards will no longer be available and students will be required to acquire a card through the same channels as a regular fare-paying commuter.
Students vote 91% in favour of continuing universal transit pass program BCIT students have approved the renewal of the U-Pass program for another three years. Read the full story here For more information on the new program please see the details here www.bcit.ca/u-pass For more information on how to obtain or see if you qualify for a BCIT U-Pass during the summer please click here