UBC Reports | Vol. 49 | No. 3 | Mar.
Students Vote in Favour of Mandatory Discount Bus Pass
U-Pass passes with record turnout
By Brian Lin
More than 15,000 people cast their votes recently, with 10,742
I am extremely pleased that students came out in force
to endorse a transit plan that will have significant financial
benefits for students, said Alma Mater Society VP External
The pass will cost $20 per month and will be mandatory for
all students. With regular one-zone fare cards costing $63
per month, the $20 U-Pass price tag constitutes considerable
savings. In addition, TransLink has committed to increasing
the number of service hours to UBC by 23,000 per year.
Pass holders will be entitled to unlimited use of TransLink
buses, SkyTrain and SeaBus services within the Greater Vancouver
Regional District from September through April. U-Pass holders
will also have free access to campus shuttles,
bicycle and carpool programs, merchant discounts and a guaranteed
ride home in an emergency.
This is a great start for our community, especially
since U-Pass is more than just a bus pass, said Gord
Lovegrove, UBCs director of transportation planning.
In the near future, we see the full U-Pass program being
offered to students, staff, faculty and their families all
year round. The variety of transportation options afforded
by the pass will make it a true universal transportation pass
program, benefiting all UBC commuters and campus residents.