I’m still on holiday! This is a scheduled post.
With the school year fast approaching, I thought I’d put up some more info about the new U-Pass BC program that comes into effect on September 1.
In June 2010, the Province of British Columbia announced its new U-Pass BC program, offering a universal bus pass to students at all publicly funded post-secondary institutions.
However, be aware that this doesn’t mean all students will be handed a U-Pass the minute they step on campus. It’s not mandatory for schools to take part, and schools without a U-Pass need to first follow their own process (usually a referendum) to get their student body to approve of joining the program.
Check out our U-Pass BC page for all the details — I’ve also copied up some of the key information here.
So where’s my U-Pass?
Students and schools now eligible to join the new U-Pass BC will need to do a few things before they get their transit passes:
- Students have indicated they want to hold a referendum (or follow the proper process according to their student society’s constitution) to approve their entry into the U-Pass BC program at the monthly rate of $30, which will rise to $35 per month on April 1st, 2013.
- If approved, Schools will need to set up their processes to administer the program
- Students, their schools and TransLink will all sign a standard contract that includes each signatory’s rights and responsibilities for the program.
Student societies and schools that are ready to start this process now could have their new U-Pass BC programs up and running as early as this coming January. Students already participating in the current program will have their U-Pass as usual in time for the fall session.
Students at Langara College and Capilano University will see their monthly U-Pass rate drop to $30 per month effective September 1. Students at UBC and SFU will keep their current program and their U-Pass rates until this time next year.
By September 1, 2011, all participating students and schools will need to be on the new U-Pass BC program. This means UBC, SFU, Langara College and Capilano University students will need to hold a referendum and approve the new program so that their student societies can sign the standard contract along with their schools and TransLink.
And if you have questions, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org!