Winnipeg makes significant investment in student public transit ridership

August 12, 2016

Winnipeg is hoping that a new plan to sell discounted bus passes to students will increase future ridership for its public transit system, reports the Winnipeg Free Press. Winnipeg Transit has offered roughly 5,000 discounted student transit passes to the University of Winnipeg and another 25,000 to the University of Manitoba. The plan was informed by a survey of similar discount plans offered by other jurisdictions across Canada, some of which reportedly saw an increase in student ridership by 50%. Students will be charged $260 for the passes through their student fees, compared to the $566.80 they would normally pay for transit passes covering an eight-month academic year. Winnipeg Free Press (Subscription Required)