With COVID-19 health and safety measures in mind, the Brock University Students’ Union will be taking a new approach to distribute thousands of Universal Bus Passes (U-Pass) to students during Welcome Week.
“In a regular year, new and returning students would gather at U-Pass booths during BadgerFest or congregate at BUSU’s office to receive a sticker to affix to their student card,” said Ammaar Ruxshan, BUSU’s Vice-President of Finance and Administration. “However, this year we have developed a solution that will be more convenient for students and not cause people to gather in large groups to receive their pass.”
When new Brock Cards are issued this semester, whether to first-year students or those in need of a replacement, the U-Pass sticker will already be in place. Additionally, students who live in residence at Brock will receive their sticker when they collect their keys to move in. Students who already have a Brock Card will be able to collect a sticker between Tuesday, Sept. 7 and Friday, Sept. 10 at an outdoor booth that will be set up between the BUSU offices and the Goodman School of Business. The booth will be organized with social distancing in mind and monitored by BUSU staff.
The U-Pass, provided by BUSU, is given to all students registered in 1.5 or more credits. Students registered for less than 1.5 credits can pay the U-Pass fee at the BUSU office to receive a sticker.
The bus pass allows students to travel on the St. Catharines, Thorold, Niagara Falls, Welland, Fort Erie, Pelham and Niagara Region transit systems. It is effective from the first day of classes until the end of the academic year.
For more information on how to receive a 2021 U-Pass, visit brockbusu.ca/transit
For more information on how to get your Brock Card, click here.