U-Pass

Where to get U-Pass

Fall U-Pass Distribution

August 18, 2014: Early pickup for the Fall U-Pass sticker begins at InfoLink's main floor, SUB location (regular summer hours apply).

September 1 - 5, 2014: Fall U-Passes will be available at InfoLink locations in CAB and on the main floor of SUB, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.


Eligibility and Exemptions
If you want to confirm that you are assessed the U-Pass fee, please check your Account Details or Fee Assessment in Bear Tracks for the appropriate terms. You can find these under the Financials Menu.

Please review the Terms and Conditions of U-Pass.

Replacing Your U-Pass
This term, the UAlberta is involved with the pro-rated U-Pass Replacement Pilot: Fall Term 2014 (September 1 – December 31, 2014). You can read more here.



Transit Route Information:

Terms and Conditions of U-Pass

  1. The U-Pass is not valid until the U-Pass sticker is affixed to the proper location on the ONEcard;
     
  2. The U-Pass is non-transferable and may only be used by the Student to whom the U-Pass is issued;
     
  3. Edmonton Transit, Strathcona Transit and St. Albert Transit reserve the right to verify the validity of any Student's U-Pass;
     
  4. A Student who fails to comply with the rules, regulations, policies and bylaws of Edmonton Transit, Strathcona Transit or St. Albert Transit respecting ridership may have his ridership privileges revoked without refund of the U-Pass Fee; and
     
  5. Edmonton Transit, Strathcona Transit and St. Albert Transit reserve the right to modify their respective transit routes and schedules;
     
  6. The Fall term U-Pass sticker is valid from September 1 - December 31, the Winter term U-Pass sticker is valid from January 1 - April 30 and the Spring/Summer term is valid from May 1 - August 31. A new sticker is required for each term.

PLEASE NOTE: The Transit services provide no grace period for the U-Pass. You must have the proper sticker attached to your ID card prior to using transit. If you do not have the sticker, be prepared to pay. The fine for fare evasion on Edmonton Transit is $250.

Applying for an Exemption

Students can apply for an exemption to the U-Pass if they fall into one of the categories listed below:
  • An employee of one of the participating transit systems,
  • A student with a valid disabled transit registration,
  • A student with a valid CNIB registration card,
  • A student also registered at either NAIT or MacEwan University, or
  • A thesis student conducting research out of the transit service area for more than 2 months of the term (you must bring a letter from your supervisor confirming this).

If you are a student on a co-op or work experience program and your placement is outside of the transit service area, please go to your co-op or work experience office to apply for an exemption to the U-Pass. 

The deadline to apply for an exemption is the end of the term; December 31 for the Fall term, April 30 for the Winter term and August 31 for the Spring/Summer term. 

If you intend to apply for an exemption please do not pick-up your U-Pass sticker.

What is a U-Pass?

The Universal Transit Pass (U-Pass) is an initiative of the Students' Union and the Graduate Students' Association, the local transit authorities (Cities of Edmonton and St. Albert and County of Strathcona) and the University of Alberta to deliver affordable and sustainable transit to the students of the University of Alberta. In 2007, students of the University voted to accept a mandatory fee assessment for the U-Pass.

A U-Pass is a valid sticker affixed to your student ONEcard.

Get Your U-Pass
U-Pass stickers can be picked up during regular InfoLink operating hours (View the InfoLink website for times and locations.) 

How does the U-Pass program work?

U-Pass is a group discount program, which lowers the cost of transit for University of Alberta students.

The U-Pass program is available for all students, graduate and undergraduate, registered in classes in the Fall, Winter and Spring/Summer Terms. The U-Pass is much lower than the cost of purchasing monthly passes for the same period of time because costs are spread over a large participant base. 

U-Pass fees are collected by the University and transferred to transit providers to help fund the transit service.

Who is eligible for U-Pass?

All students registered on-campus in at least one for-credit course at the University of Alberta Edmonton Campuses during the Fall, Winter and/or Spring/Summer term will be assessed the U-Pass fee.

The following students are exempt from the U-Pass:

  • Students at Augustana
  • Students enrolled only in the Executive MBA program
  • Graduate students designated as Off-campus Thesis students 
  • Faculty of Extension Students (including those in the English Language Program)

Students who are exempt from the U-Pass program are not eligible to opt-in.

How much does U-Pass Cost?

The cost for the U-Pass for Fall 2013, Winter 2014 and Spring/Summer 2014 will be as follows for all undergraduate and graduate students:

2014/15: $155.00 less the University subsidy of $25.83 = $129.17 per term.

Special Note: Graduate Student Spring/Summer U-Pass

Graduate students in course-based Master's programs, who have Spring/Summer course registration(s), will be assessed the Spring/Summer U-Pass fee in one of the registered terms.

Graduate students in thesis-based Master's programs and PhD programs, who have Winter term course and/or thesis registration(s) are considered as active students through Spring/Summer terms, and therefore will be assessed the Spring/Summer U-Pass fee in the Winter term.

The following fee assessment guide applies to graduate students:

  Course-based
Master's
             
Thesis-based Master's and PhD
Fall 2013 (September - December) $129.17 
$129.17 
Winter 2014 (January - April) $129.17 
$258.34

Spring/Summer 2014 (May - August)

$129.17 
 

How much does it cost to take transit without the U-Pass Program?
Edmonton Transit (4 months)    Strathcona Transit (4 months)
 
 St. Albert Transit (4 months)
 
 Adult pass $356
 
 Adult pass $412
 
 Adult pass $444
 
 Post-secondary pass $324
 
 Post-secondary pass $372
 

 Post-secondary pass $390
 

 

Who can apply for an exemption to the U-Pass?

Students can apply for an exemption to the U-Pass as per the following:

If you fall into one of the categories listed below, you can apply for an exemption to the U-Pass by visiting the Student Access Centre on the main floor of the Administration Building:

  • An employee of one of the participating transit systems,
  • A student with a valid disabled transit registration,
  • A student with a valid CNIB registration card,
  • A student also registered at either NAIT or MacEwan University, or
  • A thesis student conducting research out of the transit service area for more than 2 months of the term (you must bring a letter from your supervisor confirming this).

If you are a student on a co-op or work experience program and your placement is outside of the transit service area, please go to your co-op or work experience office to apply for an exemption to the U-Pass.

The deadline to apply for an exemption is the end of the term; December 31 for the Fall term, April 30 for the Winter term and August 31 for the Spring/Summer term.

If you intend to apply for an exemption please do not pick-up your U-Pass sticker.
 

What does U-Pass look like?

U-Pass Example 2014

The U-Pass sticker is available to eligible students each Fall term (September 1 – December 31), Winter term (January 1 – April 30th) and Spring/Summer term (May 1 – August 31).

The U-Pass sticker will be affixed to your ONEcard at the time of issue.

What can I ride with U-Pass?

The U-Pass is valid any time, anywhere on regular ETS, St. Albert Transit and Strathcona County, like a four-month bus pass for all three transit systems.

The U-Pass excludes St. Albert Transit Handibus and Strathcona County Transit SCAT disabled adult transit services. ETS will accept U-Pass on DATS.

Non-regular charter and special event services are excluded. Contracted services operated by ETS, St. Albert Transit and Strathcona County Transit for outlying communities such as service to Morinville, Beaumont, Fort Saskatchewan and Spruce Grove are also excluded.

Frequently Asked Questions about U-Pass

How can I claim the Federal Tax Credit?
U-Pass fees are eligible to claim for the Federal Transit Tax credit. U-Pass receipts are available to student on Bear Tracks for tax purposes.

Can I use the U-Pass for Spring/Summer terms?

  • All undergraduate students registered in EITHER a Spring or a Summer term class will be assessed the U-Pass fee.
  • Students registered in both Spring and Summer terms may notice that they are assessed the U-Pass fee twice. This double assessment will be corrected automatically after the Spring Add/Delete deadline. No further action is required. 
  • Students registered in a Spring or Summer class are able to pick up the Spring/Summer U-Pass sticker starting April 14, 2014. The pass is valid May 1 - August 31.

How are fees collected from me?
If you want to confirm that you are assessed the U-Pass fee, please check your Account Details or Fee Assessment in Bear Tracks for the appropriate terms. You can find these under the Financials Menu.
The fees for the U-Pass will be assessed for each Fall, Winter and Spring/Summer term that a student is registered and will be reported on your fee assessment on Bear Tracks.

The opt-out deadline for the U-Pass is the end of the term; December 31 for the Fall term, April 30 for the Winter term and August 31 for Spring/Summer term.

What can I ride with the U-Pass?
The U-Pass is valid any time, anywhere on regular ETS, St. Albert Transit and Strathcona County, like a four month bus pass for all three transit systems.

The U-Pass excludes St. Albert Transit Handibus and Strathcona County Transit SCAT disabled adult transit services. ETS will accept U-Pass on DATS.

Non-regular charter and special event services are excluded. Contracted services operated by ETS, St. Albert Transit and Strathcona County Transit for outlying communities such as service to Morinville, Beaumont, Fort Saskatchewan and Spruce Grove are also excluded.

Why is the U-Pass mandatory?
The U-Pass mandatory fee was overwhelmingly endorsed by University of Alberta students through referenda in 2007, 2010 and 2013. 2010 marked the end of a 3-year pilot project.

A universal participation base is fundamental to the U-Pass concept, allowing the costs of transit service to be spread across a large population. Student buying power is also increased when pooled, which helps further bring the price down. To ensure that the U-Pass price remains low, all full-time and part-time on-campus students must be part of the program.

Pro-rated U-Pass Replacement Pilot

Fall Term 2014 (September 1 – December 31, 2014)

From the letter of understanding between participating institutions and City of Edmonton Transportation Services.
Per discussions conducted at the Joint U-Pass Advisory meetings April through July 2014, U-Pass transit and institutional partners have come to the following agreement regarding piloting of pro-rated replacement pricing and process for U-Pass for the Fall 2014 term.

For the pilot term commencing September 1 and ending December 31 2014, U-Pass partners agree that:
  1. Institutional partners will charge students the following rates for U-Pass stickers claimed lost or stolen in the time periods noted and will remit fees to transit partners in accordance with these rates.

     Replacement Period   
     for Fall 2014 Stickers

     Replacement Cost 
     U-Pass Rate effective September 1, 2014 is $155/term

     Prior to Oct 1  @100% of rate: $129.17
     October 1 – 31
     @75% of rate: $87.19
     November 1 – 30
     @50% of rate: $64.59
     December 1 – 31
     @25% of rate: $32.29
  2. Institutional partners responsible for sticker issuance will use the standardized lost/stolen replacement request form (request to purchase replacement) as provided by transit partners for students claiming lost or stolen cards in the pilot period. 
  3. Institutional partners will continue to make students aware that U-Pass is not transferable and not for re-sale per the U-Pass agreement through standard communication channels and at the time of issue, as is reasonably possible.
  4. Institutional partners will track and account for replacements per replacement period, using the fees remittance template as supplied. 
In addition to learnings around process, the pilot period will allow for collection of data that will help determine a replacement rate maximum (allowable % replacements per total distributed) to be incorporated into an ongoing arrangement for replacement pricing effective to the conclusion of the current U-Pass agreement.  Recognizing that it will not be possible to do a final evaluation of the Fall term results until end of term on December 31 with Winter term commencing January 1 and final remittances for Fall term being submitted into the Winter term, the group understands that the pro-rated activities described above will be need to be carried throughout the Winter term. 

Upon conclusion of the pilot term, partners will review outcomes and a decision will be reached regarding continuation and/or refinements needed.  

Should partners unanimously agree to continue with pro-rating replacement for loss/theft U-Pass, any required amendments to main U-Pass agreements shall be enacted accordingly.