U-Pass

Fall U-Pass Program
The U-Pass program will be suspended for the fall session. Once institution timelines are finalized for the winter session, we will share that information. 


Fall U-Pass Program Update

City of Edmonton and regional transit partners have been working collaboratively with the participating U-Pass Students’ Associations since the end of June. Due to the majority of classes being offered online, all 10 parties agreed that Fall U-Passes will not be issued.

COVID-19 has presented unique financial challenges for everyone, and the suspension of the Fall U-Pass is a temporary adjustment due to the pandemic. The U-Pass Program is a regional program, not simply a City of Edmonton program.

On Aug. 19, in order to provide students with discounted transit fare options, ETS made recommendations to Edmonton City Council. Council approved the following:

Temporary expansion of the age eligibility for the Youth Fare category

  • From Sept. 1 - Dec. 31 to include ALL post-secondary students, no matter their age, at U-pass institutions and institutions that were eligible for the post-secondary pass. Effective, September 1, a Youth monthly pass will cost $72.50. Students who occasionally use transit may purchase a Book of 10 Youth tickets for $19 (an $8 discount from adult price).

Temporary expansion of eligibility to the low income Ride Transit Program

  • This program has two tiers (that is, a sliding scale) and is based on an individual’s personal income. Personal income can be proven through a Notice of Assessment (NOA), Employment Insurance (EI) document or CERB document.
  • Students will need to apply through the Leisure Access Program.
  • If a student is 18+, and earns less than $29,069, they may qualify for a $34/month pass.
  • If a student is 18+, and earns between $29,070 and $33,033, they may qualify for a $48.50/month pass.

Note: For context, a U-Pass costs approximately $45/month.

Note: International students do not qualify for the Ride Transit program, however, they will have access to other discounted fare products like Youth passes/tickets, or seniors passes/tickets.  

Note: Students who are considered a dependent (i.e. their parents/guardians claim them on their taxes as a dependent) would have to include their parents/guardians income on their application, so they may not qualify for the Ride Transit Program.

Other discounted fare transit options for students:

  • For students who happen to be seniors, ETS, and most municipal transit partners, offer free or discounted seniors monthly passes.
  • A decision regarding the Winter U-Pass will be made in the coming months.

Note: Effective Aug. 31, 2020, the post-secondary pass is being discontinued.

For more information, visit the ETS website.


Ride Leduc Transit for free with U-Pass

Leduc Transit has partnered with Edmonton Transit (ETS) and regional transit service providers 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 NorQuest College.

The U-Pass provides eligible students at participating institutions with unlimited travel on regular Leduc Transit service, ETS service (including DATS), as well as on other regional partners (St. Albert, Strathcona County, Fort Saskatchewan, and Spruce Grove).


How to get a U-Pass

You qualify for a universal transit pass if you attend one of the following institutions: 

  • University of Alberta
  • MacEwan University
  • Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)
  • NorQuest College

You can get your U-pass sticker in August for fall term students, December for winter term, and April for summer term. Place the sticker on your student ID card. To ride the bus, simply show your card as you board and relax as you let someone else do the driving.