Metro UPass Program Continues for Fourth Year

Jul. 29, 2015

Metro UPass Program Continues for Fourth Year
Current cards are valid until end of August.

Webster University and St. Louis Metro Transit are partnering for the fourth year allowing students, faculty and staff to receive Metro UPasses at no cost.

As part of the program, Metro offers an increased number of Metro bus trips between the Shrewsbury Metrolink station and the front of Webster Hall on Lockwood during hours that better match the needs of students, faculty, and staff. Parking is also available for Webster UPass users at the Shrewsbury Metrolink station parking lot. The UPass allows students, faculty and staff of Webster to ride Metro Bus and Metro Link transportation at no charge to them.

New passes can be obtained in August at the Bursar's office. Passes from 2014 expire at the end of this summer.

The collaboration between the University and Metro came about as a result of a Delegates' Agenda meeting, the avenue through which student leaders formally present to administration their ideas and priorities concerning improvements to their student experience.

"We have received positive feedback from throughout the Webster community on the Metro UPass benefit," said Greg Gunderson, vice president and chief financial officer. "Supporting the mass transit system in St. Louis allows us to reduce our impact on the environment and offering the UPass allows us to meet the needs of our students, faculty and staff in an environmentally friendly way."

The partnership has been a success with 131,000 “swipes” (and counting) by Webster University community members last year.

Obtaining a Pass

To obtain a Metro UPass for the current year, visit the Bursar's office with your Webster ID, making sure to have the proper sticker for the current semester on the back.

To use it while riding on the Metro bus and light rail system, simply carry both your UPass and Webster ID as verification.

For bus and train schedules, route planning and other information navigating the Metro system, visit metrostlouis.org or the Campus Life section of the University website.

Metro UPass is just one of the environmentally friendly transportation options available on campus. Webster University has also partnered with Enterprise CarShare to provide a Toyota Prius Hybrid on campus for students to reserve online through the car sharing website. The availability of car sharing programs can lead to less driving and lower carbon emissions. Students at the Spring 2014 Delegates' Agenda requested the CarShare program.

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