Universal Bus Pass
The Universal Bus Pass is an agreement between the GSA and Fredericton City Transit, offering full-time and part-time members of the GSA unlimited usage of city transit between September 1, 2015 and August 31, 2016 for a fee of $140.00. Beginning from Sept 1, 2015, Part-Time students can opt-in for Universal Bus Pass by paying the money at Grad House. For more details please contact to Manager at Grad House.
What is a universal bus pass program?
The program is universal to share the cost of the program among users. Although not every student will use the U-Pass, the availability of the U-Pass benefits the community as a whole by providing access to affordable public transport.
An appraisal of the program is conducted with the GSA membership in the spring when the contract is up for consideration. We want to make the best decisions possible for our students and we strongly encourage you to voice your satisfaction or dissatisfaction with the program at this time or in the fall through the Service Survey.
How do I receive my U-Pass?
Starting September 1st, please bring your validated 2015-2016 student ID card to the GSA office, located upstairs at the Grad House during the hours of operation (Monday-Thursday between 10:00-2:00pm).
Who is included in the U-Pass program?
All full-time graduate students registered at the Fredericton campus and paying Fredericton GSA fees are included in the U-Pass program, are charged the U-Pass fee, and are eligible to receive their U-Pass. All part-time students can opt-in for UPass by paying the amounts to Manager, Grad House. Amount details are given below.
Who is not included in the U-Pass program?
Part-time graduate students and graduate students who are registered at the Saint John campus and pay Saint John GSA fees, are not included in the U-Pass program.
How much does the U-Pass cost?
Who can opt out?
Students who are included in the program can opt-out of the U-Pass if they meet the following criteria:
If they are currently living outside the boundary of the “City of Fredericton” as defined by the city of Fredericton.
How do you opt-out of the U-Pass
To opt-out of the U-Pass program you must send an e-mail with the scanned documentation to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Grad Office in person with the following information:
- Student name
- Student number
- Documentation providing student name, home address, and postal code to verify residence is outside Fredericton City limits (i.e. power bill, phone bill).
The GSA must receive this e-mail by Wednesday, September 30, 2015.
Why does UNB Fredericton have U-Pass program for graduate students?
In March 2009, a referendum was held within the GSA membership to determine participation in the U-pass program. The referendum resulted in a majority vote almost 2 to 1 in favour of the contract with Fredericton City Transit.
As mandated by the GSA Council after our first trial year in 2009-2010, a survey was held to collect the opinions and satisfaction of the membership. The survey yielded a positive response to the return of the U-pass in 2010-2011. In January 2011, a second, larger, survey was conducted to assess students opinions and satisfaction in regards to the U-pass.
As the majority of students were in favour of keeping the U-pass the contract was renewed for the 2011-2012 academic year. This will be the third trial year of the program, up for renewal in the spring of 2013.
A service survey was released in February 2012 to evaluate its use and assess membership opinions and satisfaction regarding the U-Pass. As the majority of students and GSA council representatives were in favor of keeping the U-Pass, the contract was renewed for the 2012-13 academic year.
The council approved the renewal of the U-pass contract with the city. The agreement will be for 3-years, starting from 2015-2016.