METRO VANCOUVER – The student associations of the public post-secondary institutions of Metro Vancouver would like to announce the renewal of the Universal Transit Pass (U-Pass) BC Program with the support of the government of British Columbia, TransLink, and the public post-secondary institutions of Metro Vancouver.
In September 2011, British Columbia was the first province to offer a universal and comprehensive transit program for all students attending publicly funded post-secondary institutions. Since the implementation of U-Pass BC, students have enjoyed affordable and sustainable modes of transportation, where all three travel zones are included in the cost of U-Pass BC. The renewal of U-Pass BC will continue to foster a new generation of transit users, where fewer people will be driving, which will result in less traffic congestion and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
The cost of the U-Pass BC will save students money as TransLink has just announced the increase of all TransLink fare media for January 2013. The cost of a regular adult 1, 2, and 3 zone pass will cost $91.00, $124.00, and $170, respectively. The cost of the renewed U-Pass BC will start May 2013, with a new three-year contract for the program. The proposed new monthly rate of U-Pass BC is $35 from May 2013 to April 2014, $36.75 from May 2014 to April 2015 and $38 from May 2015 to April 2016.
From January to March 2013, students across Metro Vancouver will have an opportunity to vote in a referendum to continue their participation in the U-Pass BC Program. If successful, all eligible students attending public post-secondary institutions will be required to purchase the U-Pass BC as a part of their student fees.
The government of B.C. will be continuing its investment in the program from April 2013 to April 2016. The renewal of the contract is also timely with the introduction of TransLink’s Compass Card for all transit users, including students. This use of the Compass Card, in conjunction with the U-Pass BC, will simplify access to U-Pass BC, standardize fare media used by students, and facilitate travel and mobility within Metro Vancouver.