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EXTINGUISHING EXHAUST The University wants to reduce the number of single-occupant vehicles in the area. 

U of A tackles transit troubles 

The Administrations Travel Demand Management plan aims to address 
many of problems created by the influx of commuters coming to campus 

the City to see what we can do about 
a subsidized pass for staff and faculty 
as well." 

In addition to the U-Pass. the 
Board of Governors increased park¬ 
ing rates across campus last April. 
The five-per-cent increase marks 
the first in a series of increases over 
the next three years intended to 
discourage parking on campus and 
reduce the need to build more park¬ 
ing infrastructure. 

Janz. however, believes that the 
public will react negatively to this 
change when fall term begins. 

"I think students and faculty will 
be upset with the increase in the 
charge of parking, but it’s reflective 
of the demand Edmonton is facing.” 
Janz said. “Hopefully it will encour¬ 
age more people on this campus 
to consider taking [public] transit 

According to Janz, it’s the right 
time for the University to be seriously 
studying transportation demands. 

'The University needs the TDM 
program because they really are real¬ 
izing how booming campus is." 

There are currently 8432 park¬ 
ing stalls on campus operated by the 
University's Department of Ancillary’ 
Sendees, with monthly rates ranging 
from S50 to SliO. The projected stu¬ 
dent growth figure of45 000 students 
by 2030 threatens to put a strain on 
parking services, where the demand 
ratio is currently one stall for every 
five students. 

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News Writer 

As students and staff gear up to go 
back to class. University administra¬ 
tors are bracing themselves for the 
increased travel demands that affect 

The Travel Demand Management 
(TDM) plan, initiated by the 
Department of Facilities and 
Operations, was introduced to the 
University community in late 2002 to 
ease these concerns at the University of 
Alberta's Main and South Campuses. 

The plan provides incentives such as 
reduced public transit costs, as well as 
disincentives such as increased park¬ 
ing costs, to discourage the use of the 
personal transportation as the primary 
means of commuting to the U of A. 
According to TDM's executive sum¬ 
mary, released in January 2007, over 
80 per cent of the vehicles travelling to 
and from campus are single-occupant 

According to Don Hickey. 
University Vice-President (Facilities 
and Operations), "The key is that 
we are seriously looking at how 
we expand and address the issue of 

The executive summary also stated 
that the protect's main goals include 
the need to increase velticle occu¬ 
pancy, spread out the demand for 
travel, conserve energy, and reduce 
pollution. It looks at several options 
to address these factors, including 

parking, transit, pedestrian and bicy¬ 
cle oprions, and land use. 

The implementation of the student 
U-Pass this September achieves one 
of the TDM’s short-term initiatives— 
namely, to promote the use of public 
transit. As laid out in last March's ref¬ 
erendum, the University has subsi¬ 
dized the price of the U-Pass by $ 15 
per student per term. 

The key is that we are 
seriously looking at 
how we expand and 
address the issue of 



According to Students' Union 
President Michael Janz. the U-Pass is 
not only cost-effective, but also envi¬ 
ronmentally sound. 

"The U-Pass, by our calculations, is 
going to be saving students millions 
of dollars, and we feel very positively 
about it.'' Janz said. “It's going to be 
building future generations of bus 
riders and train riders who will live 
more sustainable lives." 

Hickey also noted that the student 
U-Pass is just the beginning for the 

According to Hickey, the University 
is "seriously looking at working with 

New Alberta government needed to 
address PSE funding issues—Tougas 


But Amrhein added that calls to 
streamline the efficiency between 
the federal and provincial govern¬ 
ment in a wide-range of grants, 
scholarships, loans, and research 
funding are nothing new. 

However. Advanced Education and 
Technology Minister Doug Horner 
pointed to a draft policy framework 
setting out roles and mandates from 
public institutions currently underway. 

which lie said will provide the funding 
model for postsecondary education He 
said the affordability framework aims 
to find a way to keep quality and effi¬ 
ciency high. 

“We want to have a transferable, 
transparent system; we want to have 
Campus Alberta," Horner said. 

"So I guess I’m not putting a whole 
lot of credence to the report." 

For his part. Tougas stressed that 
more must Ire done to ensure future 

PSE policies incorporate need-based 
aid along with popular universal 

"In a province as wealthy as ours, 
there is no reason not to look at a 
number of different options used 
together to help students,” he wrote. 
“Quite honestly, what Alberta needs 
is a new government that is genu¬ 
inely committed ro funding an 
affordable postsecondary experience 
for the neediest students."