On Track

UMSU Education’s fight for FREE public transport for students

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What’s the deal?

Pricey fines, aggressive inspectors, and missing/invalid concession cards can make the trip into uni rough for students.

Up to 51% of Australian students struggle with the cost of travelling to class.

Meanwhile, students in the Netherlands enjoy free public transport – a massive help with cost-of-living pressures.

Sounds rough. What’s our aim?

We want to fight for better public transport services for Unimelb students, and students right across Victoria.

Our aims include:

Sounds great! How do I get involved with this sick campaign?!

Swing by the On Track Working Group!
1pm – 2pm, every Tuesday
Joe Napolitano Room A, 2nd Floor, Union House
Come along for pizza and a chat!

I’ve heard about the On Track Pass. What’s the go?

On Track is proud of its first win for the year – the On Track Pass!

This will permit students experiencing severe financial strain to TRAVEL FOR FREE on public transport!

Passes are for 7 days, or for 30 days, of free public transport travel.

You may be eligible if you:

(1) Require access to public transport services, and are experiencing disadvantage including:

  • Being the victim of a crime
  • Being cut off your income source, including Centrelink
  • Experiencing a serious financial crisis; and

(2) Are at risk of disengaging from your education; or

(3) Need to attend appointments for:

    • Health services
    • Legal/advocacy services
    • Financial counsellor services
    • Centrelink services
    • Foodbank/emergency relief services
    • Creditor issues
    • Tenancy issues

If you meet this description, contact UMSU Legal Service (bit.ly/umsulegal) to find out more!

How’s things going with the Free Tram Zone?

Last year, we collected 1500 signatures from students who support extending the Free Tram Zone. (You can still sign here.)

We took these signatures to the Minister. We got a no.

But our fight didn’t end there!

We went out into the community.

We won the support of the Lord Mayor, the University of Melbourne, the Royal Children’s Hospital, and a stack of other folks like schools and residents’ groups.

There is massive, enthusiastic community support for our proposal to extend the Free Tram Zone to our uni, and to our hospitals in Parkville.

You can help us by showing your support for accessible public transport for people accessing tertiary education and essential healthcare services in Parkville! Click here to sign!

How can I get involved with On Track?

If you want to join the fight to win free public transport, reduce students’ exposure to costly fines, and bring the Uni back into the fold of the city, come along to the:

On Track Working Group!

1pm – 2pm, every Tuesday
Joe Napolitano Room A, 2nd Floor, Union House
Come along for pizza and a chat!

Meeting 1 link: www.facebook.com/events/635060523598446/

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