DURING THE COLLEGE CLOSURE
ELECTION RESULTS 2020/2021
President: Yash Chopra
VP Academic: Avery Halldorson
VP Internal: Jagjot Singh
VP External: Melissa Ghidoni
SA Board: Mark Montour
RRCSA Disapproves of Proposed U-Pass Cancellation
Winnipeg, MB – On March 6, the draft budget was tabled by the City of Winnipeg’s Executive Policy Committee, which includes eliminating the U-Pass program entirely. This directly contradicts the Public Works Committee’s decision in November 2019 to expand the program to include students at Red River College.
“Many students rely on this program to commute to and from their schools every day.” says Josh Roopchand, RRCSA President. “The U-Pass provides affordable, accessible transit for students while promoting sustainable and climate conscious transportation methods.”
The Winnipeg Climate Action Plan was designed to “proactively, meaningfully, and effectively mitigate climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”, but the proposed cancellation of the U-Pass shows the City’s blatant disregard for the climate crisis we face.
Since its inception in 2016 the U-Pass has been regarded as an extremely successful program at the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg, seeing a 25% increase in Transit ridership along university routes. This program has taken approximately 7000 vehicles off the road contributing to less carbon emissions, wear on our infrastructure, and traffic congestion.
Our association is based on providing benefit, advocating, and listening to our student members. In 2017 the RRCSA was directed by students to pursue the U-Pass, and we will continue to fight to save this program. The final budget will be presented to Council on March 25th, and we are asking students to fill City Hall that day to demonstrate how important this program is to the students of this city.
For more information, please contact:
RRCSA Vice President External
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