Chapter 3: Recommendations and Barriers

3.1 Accountability

Kitchener Transit would receive $35.00 from each student. Therefore, Kitchener Transit must be accountable for the revenue it assumes by proving that it is benefiting students. Services must also be satisfactory given the changes in ridership that would arise from Universal Transit. Any alterations or improvements made within the Transit system must be well defined before the referendum so students know what they're voting for.

3.2 Referendum Time Line

As a result of present financial constraints, the CTC deems that the earliest possible date for a referendum would be in the spring of 1997 during student elections. When held in conjunction with an election, costs are estimated at $2,000; whereas if held otherwise, costs incurred would be $10,000.

Given the results of the survey the CTC conducted, some predictions can be made as to the opinions and feelings of the student body. Nonetheless, the sample size was only of 269 people, possibly inaccurately representing the overall opinions of the entire U.W. student populous. Thus, a survey with a much larger sample size would help increase the validity of gathered data.

3.3 Cooperation and Communication.

Increased scheduled meeting times are necessary to discuss the opinions of the actors involved. This way, the specifics of the proposal can be worked out as desired by the Federation of Students. Some examples of details needing further attention are: the fee the FEDS will receive for administering the program, finalizing the exclusion lists, and other details such as WATCARD use.

3.4 Other Recommendations

Less confusing scheduling, more availability of schedule pamphlets etc. for student use and accessibility as well as more frequent buses to and from the university (the main response in the comments section of the survey).

In Colorado, USA, bike racks are installed on the sides of buses so people who have to travel far can make use of both bikes and transit. This would be ideal in a large urban system such as Kitchener - Waterloo.

Cooperation with downtown private establishments to make a coupon book for business. This would encourage increased ridership and draw people to the downtown, benefiting students while aiding local business.

Since the area code N2L possesses the highest concentration of students, the CTC suggests that this area be surveyed annually to provide a comparative basis to see which streets persistently house the most students. If Universal Transit came through, this will allow Kitchener Transit to re-orient its services to access the areas of highest demand. Further a study of Sir Wilfrid Laurier University's student population density by postal code region would assist in determining the key areas where all university students live.

Service to more remote areas. There are some students who live outside of Kitchener-Waterloo or whose homes are simply beyond the boundaries of Kitchener Transit's service. It may be recommended that these areas be given special attention. Perhaps Kitchener Transit has deemed service in these areas uneconomical or simply beyond its means, but smaller buses or shuttle vans could be operated provided Kitchener Transit had a reliable customer outlet in these areas and even better if these customers were university students.

3.5 Barriers for the Universal Bus Pass

Students have already felt the consequences of severe funding cuts by the provincial and federal governments. Any additional increases in basic student fees will surely create controversy and debate.
An extreme lack of communication exists between many of the actors involved within this issue. This will inevitably hinder the progress towards the implementation of the proposal.
The City of Waterloo is investigating the possibility of contracting out the responsibilities of transit service to other, more economically feasible tenders.
Already existing biases towards the convenience of the current bus system may hinder Kitchener Transit's attempts at increasing revenues, and further, implementing the universal pass system.

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