Universal Bus Pass (U-PASS)
In 2007, students at the University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus voted for a mandatory U-PASS program that has provided them with a discounted semester transit pass, as well as significant improvements to transit, which have benefited the entire community.
On November 18, 2011, UBC Okanagan students voted in approval of a fare increase for their U-PASS. It was proposed that the 2012 U-PASS would cost $60, versus the $50 its cost today. This means starting in the 2012 school year students pay $54 (a 10 per cent subsidy is paid by UBCO) versus the $45 they previously paid.
Fare increases are necessary to fund transit improvements and better meet student needs. The approved U-PASS rate increase matches an increase in transit fares system-wide. Increasing fares from time to time helps to cover some of the increases in operating expenses and allows transit service expansions to keep occurring.