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Kwantlen students to vote on U-Pass

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A referendum that would allow Kwantlen Polytechnic University students to join the transit U-Pass system will be held sooner than planned.

More than 850 Kwantlen students signed a petition to have the referendum held at the same time as the Kwantlen Student Association's (KSA) board of directors election on Feb. 6. Originally, the referendum was scheduled for March.

The U-Pass gives students at participating schools access to transit for a lower-than-usual monthly fee. The U-Pass would be included in the MultiPass, which the KSA says is a first in Canadian post-secondary history and "bridges the gap," offering a multifaceted approach to an environmentally friendly student lifestyle. It boasts a $5 monthly gym membership, organic food delivery discounts, access to on-campus short-term car rentals and an inter-campus shuttle between Kwantlen's four sites in Surrey, Langley, Cloverdale and Richmond.

The cost of the U-Pass would be included in the student fees of anyone taking one or more courses at the university, regardless of whether they use the transit system or not.

If the referendum passes, students could have their first U-Pass by May, with the MultiPass to follow in September.

Earlier this week, BCIT students voted 85 per cent in favour of the U-Pass, giving them unlimited transit service for $30 a month beginning this spring. Douglas College students have also approved the passes.

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