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UPass (updated May 1, 2023)

No UPass is availbale for Spring or Summer

Calgary Transit does not provide MRU with UPass stickers or access to the MyFare app for Spring and Summer semesters. The next time the UPass will be available is September 1, 2023. 

How to get the UPass in the My Fare app

You can download the My Fare app from either the Google Play Store or the App Store. You will then need to set up your MyID account through the My Fare app. The Fall UPass is available after September 1 and the Winter UPass is available after January 1. You will not be able to access the UPass before these dates.

  1. Click on the menu (the "hamburger" button with three lines) in the top right corner of the app.
  2. Select "Profile" and then "New Account."
  3. Click on "Log in using Calgary MyID" and scroll down and click on the "Create a myID account" button.
  4. Fill in the form to create your MyID account. You must use your @mtroyal.ca email address when you create your account. Read and accept the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

    A verification code will be sent to your @mtroyal.ca email address -- this may take some time, as Calgary Transit is verifying your account and eligibility for the UPass.

  5. Once you have received the verification code, enter it into the My Fare app. It can take 24-48 hours for the UPass to appear in your Ticket Wallet. 

How to use your UPass

Once the UPass is in your Ticket Wallet, select it and tap the "Activate" button. 

  • When you're on the bus, face your activated UPass at the onboard scanner, or if the operator asks, show it to them.
  • When you're on a CTrain, if asked, show your activated UPass to the Peace Officer, if requested.

UPass & My Fare FAQs

If you have more questions about the UPass program or the My Fare app, please check out the UPass & My Fare FAQ or send the OneCard desk an email at OneCard@mtroyal.ca.

UPass Program Regulations

The UPass is a unique validation sticker applied to your current Mount Royal Campus OneCard, or through Calgary Transit MyFare app. It grants full access to available transit services during the semester. You must be currently registered as a full-time student (must be 9 or more credits registered at MRU) to be eligible for the UPass program.

Full-time students (registered in at least 60% of a full course load) enrolled in the Massage Therapy Diploma, Certificate, Personal Fitness Training Diploma and the Language Education for Academic Purposes program will be eligible for the UPass.  Students enrolled in Open Studies or Academic Upgrading who are registered in at least 3 courses will also qualify for the UPass.  Please consult the Registrar Office for eligibility and details.

  • The UPass is not transferable, cannot be sold or loaned, and is for the exclusive use of the purchasing student.
  • UPass privileges may be revoked by Calgary Transit if it is misused or presented for transportation by any person other than the person to whom it is issued
  • Calgary Transit maintains the rights to inspect the UPass used by a student and to ask the student for another form of identification, to ensure that the UPass is being used by the person to whom it is issued.
  • Calgary Transit maintains the right to deny a student access to the Calgary Transit system, and impose fines in accordance with The City by-laws, if the student does not possess a valid UPass or other valid pass or ticket.

UPass Program Terms and Conditions (2022-2023 Academic Year)

  1. The UPass stickers grant access to any Calgary Transit system routes from September 1  to December 31 (Fall semeseter) and January 1 to April 30 (Witner semester) respectively. Students can utilize the Calgary Transit system routes as frequently as they desire during this period
  2. $ 160 (per semester) UPass program fee will be charged as part of the student's tuition.
  3. The UPass stickers are strictly non-transferable, and that users may be subject to a $250 fines if the sticker is intentionally tampered with.
  4. For lost or stolen UPass stickers, students are subject to a $ 160 replacement fee, limited to one replacement per semester (unless authorized by the OneCard Coordinator).
  5. Students must present the UPass sticker or the MyFare app, along with photo identification (such as Campus OneCards and/or Drivers' licenses), to any Calgary Transit Enforcement Official requesting Proof of Payment when accessing the Calgary Transit system.
  6. Calgary Transit Enforcement Officers reserve the rights to revoke and suspend any UPass stickers/privileges if they are deemed for misused at any time.
  7. Calgary Transit also maintains the rights to deny a student access to the Calgary Transit system if the student does not possess a valid UPass sticker or the MyFare app.

UPass Opt-out (For Special Circumstances)

Opt-out group Proof of eligibility
Students who are physically disabled and who use the Handi-Bus or Access Calgary. Must demonstrate use of Handi-Bus transit or Access Calgary systems.
Students who are blind and receive a CNIB bus pass. CNIB-issued identification card which notes access to the public transit system.
Students who are taking a directed field studies course which requires them to move from Calgary to participate in this program. Must demonstrate residency outside Calgary and proof of enrollment in the Directed Field Studies course in the current semester.
Students who are studying abroad in an international exchange program. Proof will be provided by the Coordinator of International Projects, International Education.
Senior citizens who have purchased a senior citizens' transit pass. Senior citizens' transit pass issued by Calgary Transit.
Students who are currently employees of Calgary Transit and as part of their Collective Bargaining Agreement, can ride transit for free. Current proof of employment at Calgary Transit.


The Winter deadline for submitting an Opt-Out form is January 23, 2023.

Download the UPass Opt-Out Form here.

Please ensure that you are eligible to opt-out of the UPass program prior to submitting a form. Only requests that fall within these exemption categories will be approved. Eligible students must submit separate opt-out requests for different semesters.

**Important Notice**
According to Calgary Transit and in accordance with the UPass contract, students cannot opt-out of the UPass program with the purchase of low-income bus passes. This is not a valid criteria for opting out of the program.