Codiac Transpo U Pass rejected by University of Moncton students
Students vote 83% against discounted annual bus pass, citing poor service
Students at the University of Moncton have rejected a discounted bus pass offer from Codiac Transpo, saying the service isn't good enough.
Under the proposed Universal Pass (U Pass), students would get unlimited transit for a year for $100 — about .27 cents a day.
By comparison, students currently pay about $564 a year through monthly punch passes.
But as part of the deal, all enrolled students would have to participate and the fee would be collected as part of tuition or student fees.
In a referendum, students voted 83 per cent against the offer.
Kevin Arsenault, president of the students' federation, says $100 a year compared to $62 a month for an adult pass is a great deal.
But too many students felt Codiac Transpo offered a poor service, he said.
"We had many students come and see us and say that they could only get on campus at 9:15 a.m., but courses start at 8:30 a.m."
Arsenault believes the bus pass has merit and he would like to negotiate a deal that would work for university students.
But he contends Codiac Transpo took a take it or leave it attitude and refused to meet with the students' federation.
"What I hope is that they change their attitude and they actually sit down and let's have a dialogue," he said.
Company spokesperson Marie-Claire Pierce described Arsenault's comments as "interesting."
"I'm sorry they feel that way," she said. "Basically we're providing a program and if they feel that way, I'm sorry about that."
Pierce says service to the campus has increased this year, with some buses arriving by 8:30 a.m., frequency up to every half hour, and four times as many buses arriving and leaving the university each day.