Bus Pass Update: What Happened to the Bus Pass?

Posted on Thursday, March 25th, 2021

Since 1995, the Central Student Association (CSA) and the Graduate Student Association (GSA) have negotiated with the City of Guelph for a bus pass that offers unlimited rides on Guelph Transit at a significantly lower rate than a traditional monthly bus pass. 

The current Universal Bus Pass (U-pass) contract will expire on April 30, 2021, as per the referendum question asked in 2016, and can’t be reinstated until a referendum on the U-pass happens. 

As part of the process and before a referendum can be held, contract negotiations must take place between the City of Guelph/Guelph Transit, CSA, and GSA. However, with uncertainties associated with the COVID-19 pandemic this hasn’t happened yet. Therefore, asking a referendum question before April 30 for a U-pass contract for Fall 2021 would be unfair to students. As well, up until a few days ago, students wouldn’t have known about the University’s plans for students to return to campus this Fall for the start of the 2021/2022 school year. 

Both the CSA and GSA are looking forward to beginning negotiations with the City of Guelph/Guelph Transit, as we know the U-pass is integral to student life and getting around Guelph. As was done for the fall and winter semesters during the COVID-19 pandemic, Guelph Transit will once again offer a post-secondary semester pass to students. This discounted pass will be valid from May 1 to August 31, 2021. We’ll provide more information in the coming weeks!

→ Questions or concerns? Please reach out to your CSA VP External at csavpexternal@uoguelph.ca!