Student transit is an important issue for all students, and this year, we are looking to you, our students, to provide important feedback to help guide the future of student transit at Sheridan College.
The Shuttle Bus service that currently runs between all three Sheridan campuses has historically been shared service between Sheridan College and Sheridan Student Union. As its current funding model is no longer sustainable, the Sheridan Student Union (SSU) and Sheridan have been examining alternative transit options to present to Sheridan students.
In the Spring of 2017, SSU began exploring the potential to bring forward a ‘Universal Bus Pass’ (or ‘U-Pass’) option to students. As early as 2011, SSU has received feedback from Sheridan students about a U-Pass option, and we are finally able to bring forward a proposal that includes all three campuses.
Through various meetings over the last year, a competitive proposal has been developed. It would provide all eligible students dedicated travel between all three Sheridan College campuses. In addition, it would allow for unlimited ridership on all public transit routes provided by the three municipal transit authorities - Brampton Transit (including Züm), Mississauga Transit (MiWay) and Oakville Transit. The service would be eligible to full-time students and funded by a non-refundable ancillary fee.
WHAT THIS MEANS FOR STUDENTS
In order to determine what the student population wants, a Referendum will be coordinated by Sheridan Student Union which will take place November 26-30, 2018.
For results to be binding, 15% of full-time Sheridan students must take part in the Referendum vote.
Should students vote in favour of a U-Pass option, it would take effect in September 2019. If students reject the U-Pass option, another referendum will be held in the fall of 2019 to assess student interest in maintaining or improving existing shuttle service in anticipation of a possible end to the shuttle service, as it currently operates, by the Fall of 2020.
Voting for Sheridan student transit options will take place online during the week of November 26 - 30, 2018.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Universal Transit Pass (U-Pass)?
The proposed U-Pass is a student transit card that would offer all eligible Sheridan students unlimited rides on all municipal Oakville, Mississauga (MiWay) and Brampton (including Züm) transit routes.
What are the benefits of a U-Pass?
The benefits of a U-Pass are unique to each student. Some benefits include:
An affordable alternative for transportation to Full-Time students, providing unlimited ridership on all Brampton (including Züm), Mississauga (MiWay) and Oakville transit routes.
It is less expensive than purchasing a transit pass or parking pass each semester.
It is easy to use, and provides transportation between school, shopping, entertainment and out of town transit services.
It may be a good alternative in bad weather for those who walk or cycle.
How much would the U-Pass cost?
If accepted, the U-Pass fee of $197.15 would be added to eligible Sheridan student ancillary fees per semester for unlimited transit between Oakville, Mississauga and Brampton. That’s an average savings of $308.18 per semester to students for comparable usage.
Will this be an additional cost for International students?
The U-Pass fee would be the same for all eligible Full-Time students.
Who is eligible for the U-Pass?
All full-time students (as defined by program) would be eligible to take part in the U-Pass program. Part-time students will not be eligible to take part in the U-Pass program.
Does this apply to international students?
Yes, all full-time, including our international students, would be eligible for the U-Pass. As long as you are a full-time student (as defined by your program) and have paid your fees, you would be automatically enrolled in the U-Pass program for that semester.
Will there be an option for part-time or continuing education students?
Not at this time. Currently only full-time students are eligible for the U-Pass.
Will students be able to opt in?
Part-time or continuing education students are not eligible to participate in the U-Pass program at this time and would not have the option to opt-in.
If I am not taking classes during the spring semester, is my U-Pass still valid?
The U-Pass fee would only apply and be valid for the semesters in which you are enrolled as a full time student. If you are not enrolled as a Full-Time student during the spring semester, you would not be charged for or be able to use the U-Pass during that time.
When and where will voting take place?
Voting will take place online at thessu.ca starting November 26 through to November 30. Voting will be accessible 24/7 and from any device (laptop, mobile browser, tablet, etc.) There will also be in-person voting stations available during that week for students who want to vote while on campus.
Who can vote in the upcoming U-Pass Referendum?
All full-time students at Sheridan are eligible to vote on the U-Pass. Since part-time students would not eligible for the U-Pass, they will not be asked to vote.
Will the U-Pass be mandatory for all students?
Not all students. The proposed U-Pass model would include a mandatory opt-in process to all eligible students. This means, if accepted by the students, all eligible Full-Time students will pay an ancillary fee for the U-Pass program during the 2019-2020 school year.
Will I be able to opt out if I do not need to use the U-Pass?
If passed, full-time students will be automatically enrolled and there will be no option to opt-out. Only students with accessibility needs preventing them from using public transit may have the option to opt-out, which will be assesses on a case by case basis.
What if I withdraw from my courses or complete my program early?
The U-Pass ancillary fee would be applied at the start of the term for all eligible full time students. Once applied, it is not refundable.
What if I am only studying for one semester?
The U-Pass fee would only apply and be valid for the semesters in which you are enrolled as a full time student. If you are only studying for one semester, the U-Pass ancillary fee would only apply once and you would only be able to use your U-Pass during that semester.
What routes will the U-Pass have available to students?
The U-Pass would allow for unlimited access to to all Mississauga, Oakville and Brampton transit routes, including MiWay and Züm. For more information about public transit routes, visit:
Mississauga (MiWay) Route Maps - Click to view.
Brampton (including Züm) Transit Schedules - Click to view.
Oakville Transit Schedules and Maps - Click to view.
Is the U-Pass eligible for an income tax credit?
Yes, the cost of the U-Pass is generally eligible for a tax credit on a Canadian income tax return. When a student is automatically charged for a U-Pass as part of tuition and fees, the cost is included in the student's T2202 "Education and Textbook Amounts Certificate" for tax purposes. If a student instead wishes to claim this expense on the public transit line of Canada's federal tax Schedule 1, the equivalent amount should be subtracted from the amount shown on the T2202.
STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?
If you’ve got questions about the upcoming referendum, don’t worry, we’ve set up a Town Hall at each campus to help answer your questions.
Wondering what routes are included? How much it would cost? How long will it take to get between campuses?
This will be a chance for you to ask us all your questions related to the U-Pass. ⬇️
Join us at our U-Pass Referendum Town Halls:
Davis Campus - November 6 - 12:00 - 2:00 P.M.
HMC Campus - November 7 - 12:30 - 2:30 P.M.
TRC Campus - November 8 - 12:00 - 2:00 P.M.
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Voting for the U-Pass will take place online between November 26-30.
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