The U-Pass BC program is offered to students under agreements in place between TransLink, participating colleges/universities and their associated student societies. Students pay for this pass through mandatory student fees.Upass BC Program Fall 2020
- Student Associations and Post-Secondary Institutions are currently in discussions with TransLink and the Province of BC about the possibility to resume the U-Pass BC program for the fall semester.
- While you may have been assessed the U-Pass BC fee for the fall term, no decisions have been made yet about the operations of the program.
- If the U-Pass BC program continues to be suspended for the fall term, those students who have paid the U-Pass fee will receive a credit from their post-secondary institution
- Post-secondary institutions and student associations have worked with TransLink to temporarily suspend the U-Pass BC program as of May 1st.
- In agreement with TransLink and student associations, the post-secondary institutions also reversed the U-Pass BC fees for April 2020 to students who did not use their U-Pass BC or used less than $41 in stored value travel in the month of April.
- The U-Pass BC program remains suspended and no U-Pass BC or Multi-Pass fees have been charged to KPU students for the summer semester.
Getting your Compass Card and loading your U-Pass BC
Compass Cards are now available at any KPU Bookstore
Please note: When obtaining your Compass Card from a Compass Vending Machine (CVM), a minimum Stored Value of $10 is required in addition to the deposit.
For more information about the Compass Card, click here to visit the Translink website.
How do I use it to travel?
After you've registered your Compass Card online and loaded your U-Pass BC, you’re ready to travel. Just remember to tap in and tap out when using transit to validate your fare, and always carry your KPU Card with you.
You’ll still need to request your U-Pass BC each month, which you can do on or after the 16th of the preceding month. It may take up to 24 hours to load, so remember to request it early. Guess what? You can set up your account to text or email you when it’s time to reload your U-Pass BC!
What is a MultiPass?
Passed by the Kwantlen Student Association (KSA) through a student referendum in February 2011, the MultiPass provides additional benefits and services to KPU students. In addition to your U-Pass BC, some of the benefits and services include:
- A campus-to-campus shuttle program
- Discounted fitness centre passes
- A car sharing program
- Bicycle lockers
For more information, please click here to visit the KSA MultiPass web site.
How did it come to be?
On June 9, 2010, the Province of British Columbia announced the establishment of a universal "U-Pass BC" transit program at a discounted rate for post-secondary students studying in Metro Vancouver. The program provides system-wide transit access including bus, SeaBus and SkyTrain, as well as discounts on the West Coast Express.
At KPU, the U-Pass BC program is a partnership between The University, Translink and the KSA. In February 2011, the KSA held a student referendum to determine whether the U-Pass BC program would be adopted as a part of a MultiPass program which includes additional services and benefits. The MultiPass program was approved at referendum and was implemented at KPU in late August for the beginning of the Fall 2011 semester.