Universal Transit Pass (U-Pass)

Notice: The U-Pass Program has been suspended for Fall 2020 and Winter 2021. 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 four fronts: Spring and Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, and a new U-Pass agreement for Fall 2021.

Winter 2021

Due to COVID-19 and the expansion of remote delivery for Edmonton post-secondary institutions, the U-Pass program was suspended for the Fall 2020 semester and will remain suspended for the Winter 2021 semester. After extensive advocacy, Edmonton City Council has extended 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. 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 was reached and that these options are available for the start of the Fall 2020 semester and will continue into the Winter 2021 semester.

Please note that once the U-Pass program resumes, students will no longer be eligible for Ride Transit or the extended Youth Fare Products. The GSA, along with the student associations of MacEwan, Norquest, and NAIT are working to negotiate a new U-Pass agreement.

2021-2025 U-Pass Agreement

Each student association put forth a representative to the Negotiating Team, and GSA Vice-President Student Services, Sridhar Parasharamatham, represents the GSA. Negotiations began over the summer and have progressed over the fall semester. They remain ongoing and the terms of a new agreement, and continuation of the program, will be subject to a referendum vote of all graduate students in February 2021.

 

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.