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UPass (updated July 31, 2023)

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Digital UPass is now available on Transit, Calgary Transit's trip lanning App as well as My Fare (available September 1, 2023)

The UPass is now available in the Calgary Transit My Fare app or on Transit, Calgary Transit's Trip Planning app.

Your UPass is connected to your City of Calgary MyID account. You can use it to either log into MyFare or the Transit app, but you can only choose to use one or the other. It's a good idea to decide which app you want to use, as you can only switch apps a limited number of times (these are considered device transfers).

If you are currently using the MyFare app and want to switch to Transit, just log in to Transit using your MyID username and password. Confirm you want to make the switch and the Transit app will be the one to display your UPass.

Features of the Transit App

  • Plan your trip directly from the app
  • It connects to other forms of travel modes, so you can search for an Uber, Communauto or your preferred eBike or eScooter

The Transit app is available on Google Play or the Apple Store.

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 (My Fare app)

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.

Getting a UPass Sticker

If you don't have a smart phone, or would prefer a UPass sticker in place of the MyFare app, come to the ONECard Desk starting in the last week of August to request your sticker. ONECard will check your eligbility and issue you a sticker if approved. The first sticker is free, but if you need to replace it, Calgary Transit will charge you a $170 replacement fee for the new sticker.

You can not have the UPass on both the MyFare app and the sticker on the ONECard: getting the sticker will deactivate the app, and you cannot sign up for the app if you have the sticker. 

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 (2023-2024 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. $ 170 (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 $ 170 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 deadline for submitting an Opt-Out form for Fall is Monday, January 22, 2024.

Download the UPass Opt-Out Form here.

All UPass Opt-Out Requests must be sent to UPassOptOut@mtroyal.ca.

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.