What is the U-Pass?
Parking at MacEwan University’s City Centre Campus is scarce and not necessarily affordable for students. The U-Pass is SAMU’s helpful alternative to driving and dealing with these parking predicaments. In partnership with Edmonton, Strathcona County, St. Albert, Leduc, Fort Saskatchewan, and Spruce Grove Transit, the U-Pass is an affordable way for MacEwan students to get around during the school year. The U-Pass is available to all students who are enrolled in at least one credit course at MacEwan University.
Where to Get Your U-Pass
Students can pick-up their U-Pass from the SAM Centre (City Centre Campus, 6-108) or the SAMU Office at the Alberta College Campus (Room 142).
Why is the U-Pass Mandatory?
Well, it’s a matter of economy; buses rely on passengers to recover costs. We realize not every student at MacEwan is interested in the U-Pass, but for the U-Pass price to remain low, all students must participate in the program.
On March 8th & 9th, MacEwan University students had the opportunity to vote on keeping, or removing, the U-Pass program and voted 87% in favour of the mandatory U-Pass pilot program!
Past referendum results include:
March 2007 referendum: 73%
March 2010 referendum: 78%
March 2013 referendum: 77%
U-Pass Terms & Regulations
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, 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 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.
Edmonton Transit, Strathcona Transit, St. Albert Transit, Leduc Transit, Fort Saskatchewan Transit, and Spruce Grove 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, St. Albert Transit, Leduc Transit, Fort Sask Transit and Spruce Grove Transit reserve the right to modify their respective transit routes and schedules
Fall term U-Pass sticker is valid from September 1 – December 31
Winter term U-Pass sticker is valid from January 1 – April 30
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 sticker 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.
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 with a valid disabled transit registration
A student with 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 also assessed the U-pass at either U of A, NAIT, or NorQuest
An employee of one of the participating transit systems
A full-time and continuing employee of MacEwan including Faculty
Forms can be picked up in the SAM Centre or your local SAMU office.
The current U-Pass agreement will last from 2017 – 2021. Annual fees will be frozen at $170/term for the next two years, and will increase by $5 for each of the last two years.
2017/2018 – $170
2018/2019 – $170
2019/2020 – $175
2020/2021 – $180
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||REPLACEMENT COST|
|Prior to Oct 1||@100% of rate: $170.00|
|October 1 – 31||@75% of rate: $127.50|
|November 1 – 30||@50% of rate: $85.00|
|December 1 – 31||@25% of rate: $42.50|
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.
Transit Route Information:
- Edmonton Transit Service (ETS) Route Information
- ETS Trip Planner tool
- Strathcona County Transit Route Information
- St. Albert Transit Route Information
- Leduc Transit Route Information
- Fort Saskatchewan Transit Route Information
- Spruce Grove Transit Route Information