Mayor Watson reponds to our concerns re UPASS

Thank you for your e-mail about the U-Pass.

As you may know, I have been a strong supporter of the U-Pass from the outset.

In the coming weeks, we will continue our discussions with CUSA at Carleton University and SFUO at the University of Ottawa in the hope of continuing this important program.

The City of Ottawa is firmly committed to providing our student population with a low-cost fare option. We also believe that this program is beneficial in encouraging increased transit use, and I as Mayor sincerely hope it will continue into the future.

OC Transpo is currently in discussions with your student association to see if the pilot program can continue after the current agreement expires on June 30, 2011.

OC Transpo will be moving to increase fares for adults, students and seniors by an average 2.5% in keeping with City Council's direction for the coming year. As a result, the U-Pass will also increase modestly from $145 to $148.63 for the academic year 2011-2012.

I encourage you to stay in touch with your student association in the coming weeks to see if CUSA and SFUO decide to remain involved in what has proven to be a highly successful program.

Thank you again for your interest in the U-Pass.

Jim Watson