ABOUT THE U-PASS BC
The U-Pass BC program provides CSU members with unlimited access to transit in the Metro Vancouver region. This includes all bus routes, SkyTrain lines, and the SeaBus.
HOW IT WORKS
The U-Pass BC program is funded in part by a mandatory student U-Pass BC fee collected each semester. The U-Pass BC fee is automatically added to your student account when you are registered in one or more credit classes held in the Metro Vancouver area and must be paid at the same time as your fees and tuition.
The program is mandatory for all eligible Capilano students and provides unlimited, all zone access to public transit in Metro Vancouver at a reduced cost. Having a U-Pass BC gives unlimited access to TransLink bus services (including community shuttles and West Vancouver Blue Busses), the SkyTrain, and SeaBus services. It also gives access to discounts on West Coast Express fares.
All students, with limited exceptions, will be assessed a mandatory U-Pass BC fee who:
- are CSU fee-paying members
- attend classes in the Metro Vancouver area with a course load totalling 3 or more credits
- are full-time or part-time students who are registered in a course lasting at least 3 consecutive weeks
- Please note: online and non-credit Continuing Education students are not eligible for the pass.
Similar to collective universal programs such as libraries, health care and funding for post-secondary, the U-Pass BC program is universal; everyone contributes and may receive the benefit of the service regardless of the personal choice to use it. Visit the Capilano University’s U-Pass BC page for more information about the U-Pass BC program.
As a part of the provincial government’s green initiative, TransLink sponsored the Universal Bus Pass Program (U-Pass) to increase ridership on public transit. The Capilano Students’ Union, Capilano University, and TransLink are proud to announce the implementation of the Universal Transit Pass (U-Pass) for the Spring 2009 term.
Capilano University students first voted for the U-Pass in October 2007 with 87% in favour of the U-Pass Program. The U-Pass BC Program had an increase in pricing starting April 1, 2013. The students at Capilano voted March 4-7, 2013 in the U-Pass referendum. Students again came out in large numbers and approved the fee increases. 18.7% of students came out to vote for the U-Pass BC and 95.3% voted in favour!
FUN FACT: Between 2003 and 2010, the U-Pass Program has been responsible for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by about 36,000 tonnes. This is the equivalent of removing 7,200 cars from the road. We are excited to build on this success with the addition of Capilano University. Now with the inclusion of all public post-secondary institutions in the program, the environmental and social benefits will only grow over the years. Just think about how many emissions have been reduced since ALL of the Post-Secondary Institutions in the Lower Mainland joined the U-Pass BC program in 2011!
Interested in learning more about transit in the Metro Vancouver area? Check out some of the websites below:
There are a limited number of options for students to request an exemption from the U-Pass BC. These exemptions can be found on Capilano University’s website.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
If you have any questions regarding the U-Pass BC, please review a list of frequently asked questions on the university’s website.
Do you have any questions or concerns about the administration of the U-Pass BC? Contact the university or the Cap Card Centre.
Do you have any other questions or concerns relating to the U-Pass BC? Email us!
The U-Pass BC program fee is mandatory for all eligible students. The fees are as follows:
- May 1, 2019: $41.00 per month
- May 1, 2020: $42.50 per month
- May 1, 2021: $43.35 per month
- May 1, 2022: $44.20 per month
1. Get your Cap Card: If you do not already have one visit the CapCard Centre.
2. Get a Compass Card: Pick up a compass card from one of the dispensing locations e.g. Skytrain stations, Seabus station, London Drugs, Shoppers Drug Mart, etc.
3. Link your Compass Card to your U-Pass: Go to the TransLink student website, choose Capilano University from the drop-down list, and log in with your student account user name and password. Link your Compass Card to your U-Pass.
4. Sign up: Sign up for monthly Notifications from TransLink to remind you to load your next U-Pass BC.
5. Request your monthly U-Pass benefit: Go to the TransLink student website every month to request your monthly U-Pass benefit. It will be available on the 16th of the month before. (Eg: Your U-Pass BC benefit will be available August 16 for your September U-Pass.)
To load your U-Pass BC, sign into upassbc.translink.ca and follow the prompts.
NOTE: If you have any outstanding fines with the university (such as unpaid classes), you will be unable to load the U-Pass to your Compass card until those fees have been resolved.
The Compass Card program has been in full swing since July 2015 and there’s some important things to remember:
Tap-in and Tap-out: It’s important that Translink’s data accurately reflects exactly how, and how much, Capilano students are using transit. It’s not a hassle, and it really does help them better serve us.
Link your card every month: You have to link your U-Pass BC account with your card before the first of every month. It takes about 24 hours to process, and without it your card won’t work, so get it done early!
Have your Student ID with you. It’s the same drill as with the old paper cards, they can still give you a ticket if you don’t have your Capilano student card as well as the Compass Card.
Selling them is (still) illegal. So is renting. If you’re caught, you can be treated to a $173 fine and/or suspension from the program.