MONTREAL, Oct. 16, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Fédération des associations
étudiantes du campus de l'Université de Montréal (FAÉCUM) was pleased
with mayoral candidate Mélanie Joly's announcement that, if she is
elected, her administration will make student transit fares available
to all students, as opposed to the current rule limiting this pricing
to students aged 25 years or less. Speaking to an audience of
approximately 200 Université de Montréal students, Mélanie Joly stated
that she would eliminate the age limit applied to STM student fares.
FAÉCUM believes that this move will promote increased use of public
transit by university students and reduce the impact of rate shock that
students experience due to the current age limit of 25 years.
In this sense, FAÉCUM has been making representations regarding a
universal student fare for more than a decade. The association is
pleased to see that a number of mayoral candidates have made
elimination of the arbitrary age-25 limit on student fares a part of
their platforms. FAÉCUM would also like to see these candidates
recognize that the City of Montreal is a student town and place
students' concerns in the forefront, especially with regard to
elimination of the age limit for the student fare. "We are encouraged
to finally see candidates rank college and university students as one
of their key concerns," asserted Tiago Silva, secretary general of
FAÉCUM. "Elimination of this arbitrary criterion - age - in setting the
student fare is a step in the right direction toward recognizing the
importance of higher education in Montreal." In closing, FAÉCUM
reiterated its intent to pursue its actions during the municipal
election. The association will pay particular attention to the various
parties' initiatives regarding the bicycle network, student housing,
youth involvement in the City's decision-making forums and regulations
governing demonstrations in Montreal.
For over 35 years, the Fédération des associations étudiantes du campus
de l'Université de Montréal (FAÉCUM) has been defending and promoting
students' academic, political, social and economic rights and
interests. Encompassing 80 student associations that represent 39,000
members, FAÉCUM is the largest student campus association in Quebec.
Its website for the municipal election is www.mun2013.com.
SOURCE: Fédération des associations étudiantes du campus de l'Université de Montréal