Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Bus fare increases will strand students

PUBLICATION: The Ottawa Citizen
DATE: 2005.06.14
PNAME: City Editorial
BYLINE: Alayna Thaw
SOURCE: The Ottawa Citizen
ILLUSTRATION: Photo: Nicki Corrigall, The Ottawa Citizen / Alayna Thaw isconcerned that if OC Transpo increases its fares it will make travel difficult for students and drive people to using other forms of transportation.


Bus fare increases will strand students


There has been much talk about OC Transpo raising its prices. The fare increases will mean customers will have to pay more for both regular and express buses.

My brother and I attend a school outside our district so we take the bus home from school every day as both our parents are employed. Currently our parents have to buy us bus passes each month, which costs them $120. If the fares go up, we will have some problems paying the extra cost.

The bus is used by people who want to save money on gas, or who don't have cars. By raising the fares, OC Transpo will make it impossible for some people to travel by bus. Buses are an inexpensive way to get around now, but if fares are raised it won't be advantageous to many people to ride the bus anymore.

When buying a bus pass you can get a lower rate if you are a student, but only if you don't have to take express buses. We are charged more for taking express buses because they go out of the city, and are supposed to make fewer stops then regular buses. That doesn't seem fair.

Since amalgamation, there should be no reason to charge extra for bus travel from Nepean to Kanata, because we are supposed to be one city. According to an OC Transpo official I contacted, we are still paying more to go from one city to another.

Alayna Thaw,




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