U-Pass Program

The U-Pass program has supplied Washington State University students with a discounted monthly transit pass since 1991, providing campus communities with an array of flexible, low-cost transportation choices. Despite 12 years of population growth, university-related peak traffic levels at the university remain below 1990 levels. Over three quarters of the campus population commutes using an alternative to driving alone. Because the U-Pass program reduces vehicle trips, the university has saved over $100 million in avoided construction costs of new parking spaces. The U-Pass program prevents roughly 8.2 million vehicle miles traveled and 3,300 tons of carbon dioxide from being emitted annually. It has inspired other regional pass programs, and has been adopted by campuses in British Columbia, Oregon, and Alberta among others. More information can be found at http://www.washington.edu/facilities/transportation/commuterservices/upass/reports.


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