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Georgian College U-Pass

Effective September 2018, all full-time credit Georgian College students will receive a Transit Pass. The cost of the pass will be $86 per semester and will be added to their student fees.

Like many Canadian colleges and universities, Georgian College’s enrolment is increasing and there is greater car ownership among its students—which puts pressure on campus roads, parking lots and transit services. A universal transit pass is an increasingly popular solution, providing unlimited access to public transit for every eligible full-time student each semester.

The U-Pass is expected to increase Barrie Transit ridership, reduce illegal parking and decrease student housing rental near Georgian College, by allowing more students to find housing outside of the college’s immediate area and take the bus to class.

The U-Pass costs $86 per semester (added to student fees). A student bus pass would cost $255 per semester. For the fall 2018 semester, full-time students will receive a secured label that will be attached to their Georgian College ONECard.

Background

A referendum was held from January 8 to January 24, 2018 to provide Georgian College students the opportunity to vote whether or not to implement a Universal Bus Pass (U-Pass). All students who were enrolled in full-time programs at Georgian’s Barrie Campus were eligible to vote. Students successfully voted in favour of the program.

On April 30, 2018, City Council approved implementing a Universal Transit Pass (U-Pass) for Georgian College. The U-Pass agreement between the City and Georgian College will be a 3-year term, with an option for a 2-year renewal. The U-Pass program will launch at the beginning of the fall 2018 semester. It’s estimated that nearly 16,500 students are eligible for the fall, winter and summer semesters at Georgian College.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost savings for students?

The U-Pass costs $86 per semester (added to student fees). A student bus pass would cost $255 per semester. The U-Pass saves students $338 per year.

How will students receive their U-Pass?

For the fall 2018 semester full-time students will receive a secured label that will be attached to their Georgian College ONECard. City staff are exploring a smart card option for future semesters.

Will Barrie Transit be adding more buses/improving service to the College?

Barrie Transit will be monitoring usage and will add more buses/routes as required.

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