October 21, 2013
Omnitrans launched Go Smart as a pilot for the 2011-2012 school year by partnering with California State University, San Bernardino; Chaffey College; Crafton Hills College and San Bernardino Valley College to offer free, unlimited bus rides to more than 50,000 college students.
September 23, 2013
The one-year pilot program is being funded by student activity fees and funds from Student Development/Athletics. Continuation of the program will be contingent upon the availability of ongoing funding.
Cal State University, San Bernardino participated in the Go Smart pilot program in 2011-12. During that year, more than 194,000 bus trips were tallied by more than 3,000 students who used the program, which represented about 17% of enrollment.
April 8, 2013
The discounted pass is an initiative from the government, TransLink, students and their schools, to help encourage 140,000 students to use public transit.
November 5, 2012
A former student has been charged with two counts of fraud for allegedly buying the passes from students and selling them for a profit on Craigslist. Charges could also be pressed against the students who sold their passes, police say.
September 17, 2012
The university and Metro Transit, which will operate the service, currently have a U-Pass program in place, with the agency also offering free rides for students on its Hiawatha Line to the airport.
November 28, 2011
Despite appeals and a presentation from University of Ottawa students, the OC Transpo Transit Commission refused to change the $35-per-semester fee increase to its U-pass. Students dispute the transit system’s calculations, which set the new revenue-neutral price.
Although university officials said they have not heard anything about a raise in fares yet, they are fearful that a raise in cost would result in fewer student purchases as it has in the past. The student U-Pass, which allows unlimited access to the light rail and Valley Metro's bus service, saw an increase from $80 to $150 for the 2011-2012 academic year.
October 31, 2011
As the result of an effort made to secure the future of the struggling transit pass program, students must now pay the $76 quarterly U-Pass fee instead of choosing to forfeit their pass and have the fee refunded later.
The past two years of the pilot have seen support from the students at both universities, but an agreement to satisfy all students has proven to be just out of reach.
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