WMATA partners with GW for students’ benefit

Unlimited Metro Rail and Metro Bus rides for a fee

GW Musket | Carl Dennis | February 24, 2016

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The Student Association is busy this year. We have heard about the changes in the Marvin Center, now there are some key changes to the metro system and its relationship with GW. The Student Association is “currently assessing the benefits of negotiating a partnership with WMATA for unlimited Metro Rail and Metro Bus rides for a fee on your student bill,” it says.

In speaking with former Executive Vice President Casey Syron, who was a leader in this initiative, the metro pass would be available in Fall 2016. The fee would be applied to your student bill under “student fees” so that it is packaged in with financial aid. The program will cost approximately $250 per academic year, or $125 per semester.

This program would help the lower-income student get to work, internships, or even nightclubs because no one should be deprived of having fun in college.

This should come as welcome news to GW students. This is profitable for various reasons: affordability, reaching your internships, social engagements, and reaching farther areas in D.C. A concern that has been addressed is that GW is a “high income” school. However, not every student can afford Uber or Lyft, no matter how much they lower their prices. This program would help the lower-income student get to work, internships, or even nightclubs because no one should be deprived of having fun in college. On average, it costs a student $86 per month to use Metrorail from Foggy Bottom to Capitol South; this sums up to be $430 for a semester-long internship. Moreover, what student would pass up an opportunity on free transportation?

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The metro initiative proposed by SA is one that would certainly benefit every student. WAMTA does not include the luxury of 24/7 service, so you may need to call an Uber or Lyft for those late night “hang out” sessions with (in)significant others.

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Posted by Student Association at The George Washington University (SA) on Tuesday, February 23, 2016


 

Correction: The program will cost approximately $250 per academic year, or $125 per semester.