Universal Transit Pass (U-Pass)

Notice: The U-Pass Program has been suspended for Spring, Summer, and Fall 2020. The GSA continues to advocate for accessible transit alternatives for students in the Edmonton area.

 

GSA's Advocacy Efforts for U-Pass:

Since March of this year, the GSA has been advocating to ETS in collaboration with the Students' Union and student associations from NAIT, Norquest and MacEwan University for affordable solutions to transit access on three fronts: Spring and Summer 2020, Fall 2020, and a new U-Pass agreement for Fall 2021.

Fall 2020

Following the initial suspension of the U-Pass program for the Spring and Summer 2020 terms, the GSA and its advocacy partners were able to gain support to extend the Winter U-Pass from 15-30 June 2020 and attempted to broker an affordable solution for students for the remainder of the summer. Now that the U-Pass has been suspended for Fall 2020, Edmonton City Council has endorsed a plan to extend Youth Fare Products (previously only available to those under the age of 24) to all students who normally receive the U-Pass, regardless of age. As well, those who are eligible for Ride Transit are encouraged to apply for the Fall semester. We recognize that these are not ideal alternatives for many graduate students, but we are happy that a decision that allows for some savings on the part of students has been reached and that these options are available for the start of the Fall 2020 semester. 

2021 U-Pass Agreement

Each student association has put forth a representative to the Negotiating Team, and GSA Vice-President Student Services, Sridhar Parasharamatham, will be representing the GSA. We will keep you updated as discussions occur.

Negotiations commenced on 21 July. This introductory session allowed both the student association Negotiating Team and ETS to present their opening positions, and to ask questions and receive clarification on some issues presented. The next set of meetings will take place in mid-August with hopes of having a draft agreement by October.

We will be providing ongoing updates in the GSA Newsletter and update this page as information becomes available.

 

Visit the U of A U-Pass website for more information.


 History of the U-Pass

The U-Pass gives you unlimited access to public transit using the Edmonton Transit System, Fort Saskatchewan Transit, Leduc Transit, Spruce Grove Transit, City of St. Albert Transit, and Strathcona County Transit.

The current U-Pass agreement was approved through a referendum in 2017 (the program was originally established by referendum in 2007). The GSA negotiates for the U-Pass on behalf of GSA members, alongside the Students' Union and student associations from other Edmonton post-secondary institutions that have the program.


 

An overview of the U-Pass program provided by ETS is available here.