The Universal Transit Pass program was approved by the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents. In the 2022 fall semester, University of Minnesota students who pay the Transportation and Safety Fee will have unlimited access to the regional transit system. The University of Minnesota is now the largest school in the region to offer all students unlimited ride transit passes.
The University of Minnesota is served by the METRO Green Line and several local and express bus routes. Students will use their U Card to ride and will receive more information about this in their University email account as fall approaches.
“Students expressed their strong support for expanding access to destinations in a sustainable way, which is what transit offers,” said Ross Allanson, director of Parking and Transportation Services at the University of Minnesota.
This new program is the result of several years of advocacy by student leaders. It supports access to grocery stores, a greater diversity of housing choices, and increases the number of routes to and from campus at all hours of the day.
“The Universal Transit Pass will provide students enhanced and more equal access to nutritious food, affordable shopping and recreation, from Target Field to the Mall of America and beyond,” said Daniel Tobias, infrastructure director for the Minnesota Student Association. “With this initiative, students will be healthier, happier, and better able to take full advantage of what the Twin Cities have to offer."
In addition to access to the regional transit system, the Transportation and Safety Fee also supports the campus bus network, the safe walk program, and related safety programs. Details on student fees are available at onestop.umn.edu/finances/fees.
Both the U-Pass and Campus Zone Pass will be discontinued in August 2022.
The University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus serves more than 65,000 students, staff and faculty members as well as thousands of visitors daily. The mission of University of Minnesota Parking & Transportation Services is to facilitate safe and effective integrated transportation systems that provide services for pedestrians, bicycles, transit and vehicles. For more information, visit pts.umn.edu, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 612-626-PARK.