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 has 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 starting in September, 2012 the U-PASS would cost $60 instead of the former $50. This means that students now 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.