Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.43
Liaison Michael Chapman
Submission Date Dec. 11, 2013
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Nova Scotia Community College
OP-T2-29: Mass Transit Programs

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Does the institution offer free or reduced price transit passes and/or operate a free campus shuttle?:

A brief description of the program(s), (s), including availability, participation levels, and specifics about discounts or subsidies offered (including pre-tax options):

Students within the Halifax Regional Municipality that attend one of our Metro campuses are provided with a U-Pass (passes valid from September - May during the school year) at a discounted rate with their tuition. These passes allow the students to ride the transit bus, community bus, or ferry without any additional charges within the afore mentioned time frame.

The website URL where information about the program is available:

U-Pass is a special transit pass specifically designed for NSCC students. As a full time student, the U-Pass lets you ride Metro Transit buses, ferries, and Community Transit buses from September to May. The program is convenient, reliable and flexible. You can take the bus or the ferry to commute to school, shop, sight-see, or run errands 7 days a week.

This student bus pass is mandatory for all metro students to purchase at a cost of $159 for the academic year and provides students with an unlimited bus and ferry pass for a full 9 months (September 1 – May 31). In addition to regular ferry and bus routes, U-Pass holders are also permitted to use Metro Transit's "Park & Ride" lots (with the exception of the Woodside Ferry lot) to park for free, and catch the bus from there.

While the passes are non-transferable (meaning that the pass is yours and yours alone and cannot be loaned, sold or transferred to another person), the pass can be used 24/7 during the school year. The U-Pass program represents a significant savings of more than $425 for students for the 9-month period. A typical Metro Transit bus pass costs upwards of $70 per month. The U-Pass costs only $159 for 9 months.

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