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U-Pass BC: a provincewide transit program for post-secondary students

U-Pass BC: a provincewide transit program for post-secondary students

Langley Mayor Peter Fassbender, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Shirley Bond, Premier Gordon Campbell, and Nimmi Takkar of the Canadian Federation of Students at the announcement of U-Pass BC. Photo from the <a href=http://www.gov.bc.ca/premier/media_gallery/events/2010/june/upass_bc_to_save_students_on_transit_fares_2010_06_09_50360_a.html>BC Government</a>.
Langley Mayor Peter Fassbender, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Shirley Bond, Premier Gordon Campbell, and Nimmi Takkar of the Canadian Federation of Students at the announcement of U-Pass BC. Photo from the BC Government.

As you may have heard, the Province of British Columbia announced the U-Pass BC program today, which offers a universal U-Pass transit program to students at all publicly funded post-secondary institutions.

Here’s the BC government’s press release, and articles from the Vancouver Sun, the Georgia Straight, and 24 Hours (it’s mostly the same news: I just thought I’d throw in a variety of sources!).

Essentially, the cost is $30 per month for students in Metro Vancouver. For schools outside our region, the cost will vary. It’s not mandatory for schools to take part: schools will have to hold a referendum, and the student body must vote to join the program.

This is a provincial announcement so I won’t necessarily have access to all the answers, but feel free to ask anyway and I’ll see if I can help :)

Update, Friday June 11, 2010: There’s now a U-Pass BC FAQ on our website.