U-Pass

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Have U-Pass, Will Travel

Parking at MacEwan University’s City Centre Campus is becoming more and more scarce, and with the huge price increase, it’s less affordable for students. The elimination of the west surface lot (to make way for the construction of the Centre for the Arts and Communications building) did not help this problem. The U-Pass is SAMU’s helpful alternative to driving a car and dealing with these parking predicaments. In partnership with Edmonton Transit, Strathcona County and St. Albert Transit, the U-Pass is an affordable way for MacEwan students to get around during the school year.

Effective May 1, 2014, the U-Pass program expanded to cover all full-time and part-time students studying on campus, and is now available for the spring/summer term. Previously it only applied to full-time students who attended MacEwan in the fall and winter semesters. This is a mandatory fee, and even students who’ve got wheels are encouraged to take advantage of this privilege.

The fall term U-Pass sticker is valid from September 1 – December 31; the winter term U-Pass sticker is valid from January 1 – April 30; and the spring/summer term is valid from May 1 – August 31. A new sticker is required for each term. So to get the most from your U-Pass, pick up your U-Pass as soon as they become available regardless of when your classes start.

PLEASE NOTE: Transit Services provide no grace period for the U-Pass. You must have the proper sticker attached to your ID card prior to using transit. If you do not have the sticker, be prepared to pay. The fine for fare evasion on Edmonton Transit is $250.

Where to Get Your U-Pass

Pick-up your U-Pass from the SAM Centre (City Centre Campus, 6-108) or your local SAMU Office (Alberta College Campus, Rm. 142 and Centre for the Arts Campus, Rm. 153).

Why is the U-Pass Mandatory?

Well, it’s a matter of economy; buses rely on passengers to recover costs. And though we realize not every student at MacEwan is interested in the U-Pass, for the U-Pass price to remain low, all students must participate in the program.

MacEwan students voted 73% in favour of the mandatory U-Pass pilot program in the March 2007 referendum, 78% in favour of the mandatory U-Pass program in the March 2010 referendum and a 77% approval in the March 2013 referendum.

U-Pass Terms & Regulations

U-Passes are non-transferable, which means you are the only person who is allowed to use it; you are not permitted to share or sell it. If this rule is violated and your U-Pass is confiscated, your U-Pass privileges may be revoked by the City of Edmonton and your U-Pass fee will not be refunded. U-Pass stickers remain the property of The City of Edmonton, including those affixed to an ID card.

Terms and Conditions of the U-Pass

– The U-Pass is not valid until the U-Pass sticker is affixed to the proper location on the MacEwan student ID
– The U-Pass is non-transferable and may only be used by the student to whom the U-Pass is issued
– Edmonton Transit, Strathcona Transit and St. Albert Transit reserve the right to verify the validity of any student’s U-Pass
– A student who fails to comply with the rules, regulations, policies and bylaws of Edmonton Transit, Strathcona Transit or St. Albert Transit respecting ridership may have his/her ridership privileges revoked without refund of the U-Pass Fee
– Edmonton Transit, Strathcona Transit and St. Albert Transit reserve the right to modify their respective transit routes and schedules
– The fall term U-Pass sticker is valid from September 1 – December 31; the winter term U-Pass sticker is valid from January 1 – April 30; and the spring/summer term is valid from May 1 – August 31. A new sticker is required for each term

To get the most from your U-Pass, pick up your U-Pass as soon as they become available regardless of when your classes start.

PLEASE NOTE: Transit Services provide no grace period for the U-Pass. You must have the proper sticker attached to your ID card prior to using transit. If you do not have the sticker, be prepared to pay. The fine for fare evasion on Edmonton Transit is $250.

Opt Out

Students who are exclusively in online credit courses will automatically be opted-out out of the U-Pass program. The following special circumstances are able to waive the U-Pass fee:

– A student who has a DATS, SCAT or St. Albert Handibus registration
– A student who has a valid CNIB registration
– A student in a co-op or practicum program who is taking no on-campus credit courses lasting more than eight consecutive weeks of a term, and who is also fulfilling their course requirement outside the boundaries of the participating Municipalities for the majority of that school term
– A student who is enrolled at another institution participating in the U-Pass Program

Forms can be picked up in the SAM Centre or your local SAMU office

Lost or Stolen U-Pass

If your U-Pass is lost or stolen and you wish to purchase a new one SAMU is doing a Pilot Pro-rated U-Pass Replacement as follows:

REPLACEMENT PERIOD
For Fall 2015 Stickers
REPLACEMENT COST
U-Pass Rate effective Sept 1, 2015 is $162.50/term
Prior to Oct 1 @100% of rate: $162.50
October 1 – 31 @75% of rate: $121.88
November 1 – 30 @50% of rate: $81.25
December 1 – 31 @25% of rate: $40.63

Rates

To cover inflating transit costs, the U-Pass increases $7.50 per year.
• 2014-2015 – $155.00
• 2015-2016 – $162.50
• 2016-2017 – $170.00

Last But Not Least

The U-Pass can be claimed as a tax credit under the Federal Transit Tax credit, the receipt is available each February on myStudentSystem.

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