A Yes vote for the U-Pass is a vote to save the vast majority of students a lot of money on their transportation needs, and will make the University of Regina a better place to study, and Regina a better place to live and get around. Those who don’t opt-out and end up not directly using their U-Pass, will indirectly benefit anyway through more parking spots becoming available both on and off campus. Basically students have the choice of voting No, and spending more on parking as lots sprawl ever farther from buildings, or as we build ~$33,000/stall parkades. Or, they can vote Yes and spend less on bus passes than the City intends to charge students today, and still get more parking spots available without paving more recreational areas, or demolishing buildings and community gardens.
It’s not every year that an opportunity comes around for students to democratically decide how the City of Regina will spend millions of dollars for the direct benefit of students. A Yes vote makes UofR students into civic leaders saying “More buses, now,” and empowers student leaders like David Vanderberg, and Devon Peters to continue to work out the details Mr. Musleh is fussing over without all of the facts known. Yes, it would be nice if the City would commit to a few improvements first, but students do not have to wait for transportation leadership from a timid and even inept civic government.