Humber College students find commuting a hassle

by | Mar 27, 2015 | News

Travis Kingdon 

Transportation Reporter


Getting to class is no simple task.

Commuting to Humber North campus on a daily basis costs time and money and students typically have very little of either to spare.

“It’s a waste of two hours, I’m doing nothing,” said Alex Gaysol, a first-year Radio Broadcast student at Humber College. Gaysol commutes from Mississauga every day.

Daily trips to and from campus cost approximately $15 a day, he said.

Gaysol takes two buses, and his two hour commute includes hitting rush hour traffic every morning.

Occasionally, when transferring from GO Transit to Brampton Transit he will miss his bus and have to wait for the next one — which doesn’t come very frequently, Gaysol said.

His averages cost to commute for the week is $75.

“I’m either here or at home, there’s no in-between,” he said.

Gaysol wishes there were more buses that linked directly to Humber.

“They should have more buses coming from the west-side (of the city),” he said. There are buses that go directly to York University from his area, but not directly to Humber, Gaysol said.

Ekjot Bhumra, a third-year Business Administration student at the University of Guelph-Humber, experiences the same frustrations.

“I’m always standing on the (bus) platform waiting,” she said.  “The wait and the weather are the worst part.”

The trip on Brampton Transit costs her about $8 a day and takes 90 minutes to get to school each day, she said.

Bhumra shares Gaysol’s sentiment.

Some students attempt to look on the bright side of their commute.

“It teaches you how to be efficient with your time,” said Sabiha Rana, a third-year Business Administration student at Guelph-Humber.

Since the buses are inconsistent, arriving at the stop 10 to 15 minutes early is essential, said Rana.

Humber should offer students a discount, or allow students to simply flash their student cards when getting on transit, she said.

Students who drive to campus are faced with a different set of obstacles.

For Medya Rikqo, a second-year Early Childhood Education student, getting to North campus takes her approximately 15 minutes a day.

But, filling her tank once every two weeks costs approximately $35, she said.

The biggest challenge for Rikqo is the cost and the availability of parking.

“It’s almost always full,” she said.

Rikqo uses the pay-on-exit parking, which costs $7 a day, she said.

“There should be more parking, and (it should be) cheaper,” said Rizqo.

Rana has recently been part of a carpool after abandoning transit to get to school.

The lack of parking on campus has the carpool using the school’s satellite lot, said Rana.

“Lately, we’ve been parking at Queen’s Plate,” she said.

But there are issues with that, as well.

“What if you had a night exam?” she asked. The shuttle bus to Queen’s Plate ends service too early for students staying late.

Although she’s heard of the Humber Sustainability’s carpool program, she knows very little about how it works, said Rana.

Even students who live on campus face difficulty getting to class on time.

Colin Bradbury, a first-year Radio Broadcasting student, lives in residence and walks to class.

“If the lot isn’t cleared in time then I’ve gotta trudge through the snow,” said Bradbury.