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The U-Pass is a universal bus pass program where students pay a fee at the beginning of each term and receive a bus pass that is valid for the Fall and Winter Term (September – April). With a U-Pass, all students at the University of Winnipeg will be able to access Winnipeg Transit services any time, anywhere across the city. In 2014, students initiated work toward developing a U-Pass program at UWinnipeg.
Read more about the history of the U-Pass here: U-Pass History
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Who gets a U-Pass?
Each term, all full-time undergraduate students and graduate students who are assessed as full-time status by grad studies, at the University of Winnipeg automatically get a U-Pass. This means at registration, full-time students pay a U-Pass fee. A full-time student is a student who is taking nine or more credit hours in one term.
Handi Transit users can use their U-Pass to access Handi Transit Services. This means, Handi Transit users will be assessed the U-Pass fee each term they are full-time students. Handi Transit users do have the option to opt-out, as well.
How much is a U-Pass?
The U-Pass fee is $136.25 per term.
Students will pay this fee with their other registration fees at the beginning of each term. The U-Pass program is mandatory for full-time students.
Right now, the current cost of a monthly post-secondary bus pass is $70.85. The total cost for purchasing monthly bus passes from September to April is $566.80.
The total cost for U-Pass from September to April is $272.50
Students will save $298.60 a year!
Where do you pick-up your U-Pass?
Once students have registered for classes, students can pick-up their U-Pass from Info Booth located in Centennial Hall on the first-floor. Students will need their UWinnipeg student ID and will need to get a transit sticker on their ID.
Returning students continuing as full-time will have their Peggo cards automatically loaded with their U-Pass on September 1. They will need to stop by the Info Booth to get their academic year transit sticker on their U of W Student ID.
U-Passes and transit sticker pick-up will be available starting June 19 at Info Booth. Find Info Booth’s hours here.
When does the U-Pass program run?
The U-Pass program runs from Sept. 1 to April 30 of the following year. Each term, a student will be assessed the U-Pass fee if they are a full-time student. If a student is a full-time student in both terms, their U-Pass will start Sept. 1 and expire April 30 of the following year.
If a student is a full-time student only in the fall term, their U-Pass will start Sept. 1 and expire Dec. 31. If a student is a full-time student only in the Winter Term, their U-Pass will start Jan. 1 and expire April 30.
After April 30, students can re-load their U-Pass Peggo Cards with post-secondary bus passes or e-cash to continue to use transit services.
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We’re excited to launch the U-Pass program this fall. The U-Pass is a cost-effective and sustainable program that allows students to invest in our city’s transit system.
Your U of W Student ID with the transit sticker is required when boarding a transit bus to utilize the U-Pass. If the appropriate U of W Student ID is not presented, students risk confiscation of their U-Pass. Students are not to sell, or give away their U-Pass, as the penalty could be confiscation of the U-Pass and possible fines.
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Enrollment for full-time students is mandatory, as per the student referendum and legal Winnipeg City Council directive. There are exemptions that apply for some students. If you have missed the opt-out deadline and meet the U-Pass Opt-Out criteria, you may file an appeal.
Questions about U-Pass? Check out the FAQs below!
1.Who is included in the U-Pass program?
All full-time undergraduate and graduate students at UWinnipeg are part of the U-Pass program. These students are assessed the fee. A full-time student is a student who is taking 9 or more credits per term.
2. How and where can students get a U-Pass?
Students will be assessed the U-Pass fee through Web Advisor, like all fees. The pass itself can be picked-up from the UWSA Info Booth after the first week of August.
The UWSA Info Booth is located in Centennial Hall on the first-floor. Their number is 204-786-9787 or you can reach them by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
3.How much does it cost?
U-Pass fees are assessed per term, and will be $130 per term for the 2016/2017 academic year, or $260 for full-time students for a full academic year.
4.How did the U-Pass come to exist?
The U-Pass is a universal transit pass, which provides unlimited access to public transit services in exchange for a mandatory fee.
This is a student-led initiative. It was a political platform spearheaded by students at the University of Winnipeg Students’ Association in 2014, mirroring similar progressive U-Pass programs practiced in cities across Canada, including Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, and Brandon.
5.Who authorized the U-Pass program?
UWSA students voted and passed in a referendum on October 29, 2014 with a majority vote of 81.7% in favour of establishing a U-Pass program at the University of Winnipeg. Winnipeg City Council approved the U-Pass program to begin fall 2016. Students at the University of Manitoba also voted in favour of the U-Pass.
6.Can students opt-out? Why not?
Enrollment for full-time students is mandatory, as per the student referendum and legal Winnipeg City Council directive. There are exemptions that apply for some students – those that use Handi-Transit, and students that live outside of the Winnipeg Transit service area.
Read the list of Opt-Outs here: U-Pass Opt Outs
7.Can students transfer their pass to someone else?
No, the U-Pass is linked to a student number and is non-transferrable.
8.Where and when can students use the U-Pass?
Once students have registered, paid their tuition and fees and picked up their U-Pass from the UWSA Info Booth, students will have unlimited access to Winnipeg Transit during the academic year starting September 1, 2016 with their U-Pass. No extra fares will be charged during that time.
9.What are the benefits of the U-Pass program?
The U-Pass is cost-effective and sustainable. It costs less than half the price of a post-secondary bus pass, invests in Winnipeg Transit, cuts down on traffic congestion in Winnipeg, provides parking cost relief, and cuts carbon emissions.
10.Do I need my student ID with my U-Pass?
Your U of W Student ID with the U-Pass sticker is required when boarding a Transit bus to utilize the U-Pass. If the appropriate Student ID is not presented, students risk confiscation of their U-Pass. Students are not to sell, or give away their U-Pass, as the penalty could be confiscation of the U-Pass and possible fines.
11.Can Handi Transit users use their U-Pass for Handi Transit services?
Yes. Handi Transit users can use their U-Pass to access Handi Transit Services. This means Handi Transit users will be assessed the U-Pass fee each term they are full-time students. Handi Transit users do have the option to opt-out, as well.
12.Are PACE students included in the U-Pass program?
No, PACE students are not included, but are eligible for post-secondary bus passes.
13.What happens if my U-Pass won’t scan on the bus?
If farebox does not accept your U-Pass, try to scan your pass a second time. If your Peggo still won’t scan, bus drivers will accept your Peggo card as a flash pass when used together with your student ID with valid transit sticker. Drop-by Info Booth to get a replacement card.
14.Can I claim my U-Pass on my taxes?
From Canada Revenue Agency: Yes, you may be able to claim a 15% non-refundable tax credit for the cost of eligible transit passes that are for the use of public transit services for the period January 1, 2017 to June 30, 2017 on your 2017 income tax and benefit return.
15.Where do you ask questions about U-Pass?