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 entire academic year (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 $130 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 for the academic year is $260.
Students will save $306.80 a year!
Where do you pick-up a U-Pass?
Once students have registered for classes, students can pick-up their U-Pass from the UWSA Info Booth located in Centennial Hall on the first-floor. Students will need their UWinnipeg student ID.
The Info Booth is located in Centennial Hall on the first-floor.
Find the Info Booth’s hours here.
U-Pass is available for pick-up for students starting as full-time students in the 2017 Winter Term on and after Dec. 1, 2016 at the UWSA Info Booth.
Students who have already picked up their U-Pass for the 2016 Fall Term and will continue to be full-time students in the 2017 Winter Term will have their pass automatically activated for the 2017 Winter Term. These students do not need to get a new pass from the UWSA Info Booth.
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 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.
Questions about U-Pass?
We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions here: U-Pass FAQs
Get in touch!
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.
If you would like to appeal your 2017 Winter Term U-Pass, please out this form and it drop-off to the UWSA Info Booth by March 4, 2017.
U-Pass Appeal Form