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
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 $132.50 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 $265.
Students will save $306.80 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.
Ride with us!
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.
Questions about U-Pass?
We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions here: U-Pass FAQs
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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.