Thursday, March 28, 2013
The class system is alive and well and living at the GRT
(Conestoga College, WLU and UW fares are based on a 4-month term, and I converted that to monthly to compare them to monthly pass prices.)(Update: Perhaps the figure for high school students should be $47, which is the monthly equivalent of a 5-month pass.)
There is something wrong with a system where the privileged are treated to nearly free transit, while the less privileged are forced to pay nearly full fare.
Add to that that the universities are getting a billion dollar train that bypasses most of Waterloo to provide improved comfort to their students, while the Region says it's too poor to create decent bus routes to Conestoga College.
The difference isn't just that one set of students goes to university while the other goes to community college. It's also that the universities are in Waterloo and the community college is in Kitchener.
As a UW alumna and Waterloo resident, I'm ashamed.