Spruce Grove joins U-Pass program, starting Jan. 1, 2017

Spruce Grove joins U-Pass program, starting Jan. 1, 2017

Eligible students will have unlimited travel on all partner transit systems

Effective Jan. 1, 2017, students with a U-Pass External will be able to use it on Route 560 thanks to a new agreement between the City of Spruce Grove, Edmonton Transit Service (ETS), and other participating municipalities and post-secondary institutions.

The U-Pass provides eligible students with unlimited travel on all partner transit systems, allowing students in Spruce Grove to seamlessly transfer from Route 560 to a neighbouring system with no additional cost.

In addition to ETS, students with a U-Pass will also have unlimited access to the transit systems in St. Albert, Strathcona County, Leduc and Fort Saskatchewan. Both Leduc and Fort Saskatchewan are joining Spruce Grove as new partners in the U-Pass program.

"As a municipality, we are committed to enhancing our transit service and becoming a partner in the U-Pass program is a big step in that direction," says Spruce Grove Mayor Stuart Houston, who credits regional collaboration for this enhanced agreement.

"It's to everyone's benefit to work together on initiatives like transit," adds Houston. "By sharing our knowledge and resources, we are able to develop solutions that better serve all our residents."

The U-Pass applies to students enrolled in credit courses at the University of Alberta, MacEwan University, NAIT and NorQuest College.