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U-Pass BC FAQ

 

What are the objectives of the U-Pass BC Program?

The objectives of the U-Pass BC Program are to:

  • Provide lower-cost travel for students
  • Encourage students to make transit part of their lifestyle by including travel with the U-Pass BC Program for entertainment, recreation, and other non-school related trips
  • Reduce single-occupancy vehicles, traffic congestion, and greenhouse gases
  • Begin to create a sustainable transit program that provides students with a low-cost transit fare and a level of transit service that meets this demand
  • Create a new U-Pass BC Code of Ethics that allows students to continue to enjoy the benefits of the U-Pass BC Program

Are private institutions eligible to participate in the U-Pass BC Program?

Only public, post-secondary schools within the Metro Vancouver region, as determined by the Ministry of Advanced Education, are eligible to join the U-Pass BC Program in Metro Vancouver. Privately-funded, post-secondary schools are not eligible to join the U-Pass BC Program at this time.

Will my U-Pass BC loaded on a Compass Card provide me with unlimited transit across the Province?

No. A U-Pass BC loaded on a Compass Card is only valid on TransLink services in Metro Vancouver.

Am I eligible for the U-Pass BC Program?

Most students attending one of the participating, public post-secondary institutions are eligible for the Program. While eligibility criteria for the Program is established by the Province of British Columbia, a student’s eligibility is determined by each post-secondary institution based on that criteria.

For more information on your eligibility status for the U-Pass BC Program, please contact your post-secondary institution U-Pass BC Program representative.

Can I get an exemption from participating in the U-Pass BC Program?

Overall, the benefit of a significantly-discounted transit pass provided through the Program is partly dependent on the ability of student associations to charge a mandatory fee to participate in the Program. Students approve their participation in the Program through a referendum held by their student association.

However, the Program does allow for a limited number of exemptions to be set by each post-secondary institution and their respective student association.

For more information on your eligibility for, or exemption from, the Program, please contact your post-secondary institution or student association U-Pass BC Program representative.

What is the current U-Pass BC Fee?

The current monthly U-Pass BC fees for eligible students are $39.50 from May 2016 to April 2017 and $41.00 from May 2017 to April 2018.

How do I pay for my U-Pass BC?

U-Pass BC Fees are collected by your post-secondary institution as part of your student fees.

How do I use my U-Pass BC to travel on transit?

You will load your U-Pass BC onto an Adult Compass Card. Visit upassbc.translink.ca to learn more.

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