With the indefinite transition to remote academic delivery prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Students’ Union worked with Wilfrid Laurier University and Grand River Transit to temporarily pause the assessment of the bus/transit passes in Brantford and Waterloo for the Fall 2020 term only. The mandatory U-PASS fees were passed by undergraduate student referendum on the basis that access would be universal. The highly discounted pass is only available because everyone pays, which is why students do not have the ability to opt-in or opt-out of the fee.
Similar to other universities in Ontario, Laurier is proceeding with a mostly online or virtual semester for Fall 2020. Undergraduate students are not required to travel to campus to complete their coursework. While we are aware that many students will choose to live in the city where their campus is located, we do not believe the transit passes will provide the same universal benefit for a majority of the undergraduate student population. In a careful attempt to prioritize student financial security, we worked to temporarily suspend certain fees to provide a degree of relief.
For those students who still require transit service in Waterloo, Grand River Transit is now offering a discounted university and college student rate. This special pass, valid from September 1 through December 31st is available to be purchased online from Grand River Transit for $300 and can be picked up at the OneCard office.
For those students who still require transit service in Brantford, Brantford Transit is offering the high school rate of $175.00 to university students. Laurier students can obtain the pass by visiting the Customer Service Kiosk, located in the Brantford Transit Bus Terminal located at 64 Darling Street and by showing their OneCard to receive the B-Cards as they do in the summer semester.
We also encourage students to evaluate their ridership needs for the fall and determine if pay-per-use is the most affordable option.