Your WatCard is your UPass!

Travel on the Grand River Transit (GRT) system and ION Light Rail Transit (LRT) is unlimited with your UPass.

How it works:

  • Tap your WatCard on the smart card reader on the farebox as you enter the GRT Bus or ION Train. Hold your WatCard against the card reader and wait for the farebox to ding. The smart card reader is the blue-green rectangle on the lower right corner of the farebox.
  • Do not place your WatCard/UPass in the farebox.

For bus/ION schedules visit the GRT website.

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UPass GSA Fees

Full-time graduate students registered in “on-campus” courses on the Waterloo main campus and campuses in the Region of Waterloo are charged a mandatory non-refundable fee for the Grand River Transit (GRT) Universal bus pass (UPass).  The UPass fee is assessed per term for the academic year of September 1 to August 31. The fee is included in the “GSA Administered Fees” component on your student financial statement on Quest

Graduate students enrolled in part-time studies are not assessed the fee. Part-time students voted to be exempt from being charged the universal fee and this is included in the GSA-GRT contract.   At this time there is no way for the GSA to approve an individual opt-in for individual students in part-time studies.

Last Updated: April 9, 2020

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Territorial Acknowledgement

We, the Graduate Student Association – University of Waterloo, acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional territory of ‎ the Attawandaron (Neutral), Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes ten kilometers on each side of the Grand River. 

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