Universal Transit Pass (U-Pass)
Edmonton Transit partners with regional transit service providers St. Albert Transit (StAT) and Strathcona County Transit (SCT), to offer a Universal Transit Pass (U-Pass) program to eligible students at the University of Alberta, MacEwan University, the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) and starting September 2013, also NorQuest College.
The U-Pass provides eligible students at participating institutions with with unlimited travel on regular ETS service (including DATS), as well as on St. Albert Transit and Strathcona County transit systems.
ETS U-Pass FAQ
U-Pass - Stickers and Validity
- U-Pass stickers are available from participating institutions in August for Fall session (September – December), early December for Winter term (January – April) and in April for Summer term (May - August), where applicable
- U-Pass stickers are issued by the institution for each term and are placed on student photo identification cards issued by the post-secondary institution.
- The current U-Pass sticker on the student card is the U-Pass. It must be displayed upon boarding to bus operators and must be with the student at all times on the LRT.
- There is NO grace period for U-Pass. Students attempting to use transit services with a U-Pass outside the validity period risk a $250 fine for fare evasion. If you do not have a valid U-Pass sticker on your student card, you are required to pay regular fare for transit service.
2015 Winter Term U-Pass Information
Winter Term 2015 U-Pass is valid January 1 - April 30.
Winter Term U-Pass is available for pick up for all eligible students from their institution. Check institution website for details.
Please note that there is no grace period for U-Pass.
You must have the proper sticker attached to your ID card prior to using transit. If you do not have the sticker, please pay the regular cash fare for transit service. U-Pass stickers become valid on the first day of the month which begins the applicable school term.
Students traveling on buses and LRT who continue to use their U-Pass beyond the expiry date risk a $250 fine for evasion.
Fall Term U-Pass: Valid September 1 - December 31
Winter Term U-Pass: Valid January 1 - April 30
Spring/Summer U-Pass: Valid May 1 - August 31
U-Pass Information - Institutions
For information regarding sticker distribution and U-Pass program information related to your institution check your institution's U-Pass webpages.
If your institution is not part of the U-Pass program, please contact your students' association to indicate your interest and for future information on participation.
Transit Service Information
For Edmonton Transit service to University of Alberta, MacEwan and NAIT Campuses:
Regional Transit Service
Students riding St. Albert Transit (StAT) should call 780-418-6060 for service and student pass information. Students riding Strathcona Transit (SCT) should call the Transit Center Customer Service line at 780-449-9719 for service and student pass information.
Please Note: ETS transit service to the outlying communities of Fort Saskatchewan (Route 198), Spruce Grove (Route 197), the Edmonton Intentional Airport (Route 747) and Leduc is contracted service only, and is NOT included in U-Pass program.
For more detailed information:
Additional information on U-Pass
Report on U-Pass Performance during the 3 year Pilot Program
(October 14, 2009 City Council Meeting)
Report on University of Alberta U-Pass to City of Edmonton's Transportation and Public Works Committee
(October 10, 2006 Transportation and Public Works Committee Meeting)
Report on MacEwan U-Pass to City of Edmonton's Transportation and Public Works Committee
(November 7, 2006 Transportation and Public Works Committee Meeting)
For more information:
Contact ETS Customer Service Centre