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Massachusetts University charges students a pedestrian fee

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If you want to walk on the campus of Worcester State University in Massachusetts, it’s going to cost you, the Huffington Post reports. Whether students at WSU drive or walk to class, each one of them is hit with an annual $72 “parking/pedestrian access fee,” the Worcester Telegram & Gazette reports. Officials said the controversial fee is necessary to help maintain sidewalks, in absence of adequate state support.

“When you only have a certain amount of money coming from the state, unfortunately the only way to make it work is through fees,” John Brissette, chairman of the Worcester State Board of Trustees, told the Telegram & Gazette.

The school first began collecting a pedestrian fee in 2010. Prior to that year, WSU only charged an elective parking fee of $120 maximum per year…

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