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One way OC is losing at least $14 Million per year.
gottaloveit2 wrote in octranspo
According to http://ottawa.ca/calendar/ottawa/citycouncil/tc/2012/01-26/01%20-%20Doc%201.pdf 

We have 53000 Upasses.

A Upass is the equivalent of a rural express pass that costs a Student $113.00 per month.

A Upass costs $180.00 for four (4) months.

53 000 u passes @ $180 term = $9 540 000
53 000 u passes @ $113 x 4 months (student rural express pass)  = $23 956 000
The City of Ottawa / Oc Transpo is losing $14 416 000 on the Upass deal.

...but it's revenue neutral or charity?

- Jstagrl xox

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Somebody tried to sell me this exact calculation as a story a couple of weeks ago. It's bizarre to think that without the UPass, 53,000 students would go out and buy rural express passes. We don't even need to speculate what students would do if the UPass didn't exist — they were doing exactly that just a couple of academic years ago. They certainly weren't buying 53,000 rural express passes.

I can't quite fathom the mind that would think to assemble this data and make this calculation without grasping how strange the premise is.

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