The summer issue of CR80News discusses transit functionality on campus cards. It’s a service that is being delivered in a few different ways but is an invaluable service to students who need to navigate campus, the surrounding community, or just get to class on time. What that article doesn’t discuss, however, is what happens when a student pays their university fare rate outside the allowed range of service.
The answer for one student in Vancouver is you get stranded. In a report from Global News, Haley Maccosham — a student at Montreal’s McGill University — was denied a ride on a Vancouver bus when her account showed backed fare charges. Transit Security reportedly kicked the 20-year-old student off the bus, just after 10 p.m. for fare evasion and issued the student a $173 ticket.
Students at McGill University pay a concession fare of $1.75, a fee that the student claims to have been paying for weeks while at home in Vancouver for the summer. The student concession fare is a dollar less than a regular fare, so after paying the student rate for weeks, the bill started to add up.
The student was unaware that out of province students don’t qualify for the fare discount. When the driver asked the student for her ID, the report says she produced a McGill University ID, rather than a GoCard which allows university students to pay concession fares.
In response to the situation, transit body TransLink says there is no indication that the student was refused service, and that it is rare for riders to be kicked off the bus at that time of night.