THE LTC BUS PASS
One of the best parts of being a part of the University Students’ Council is getting free transportation around London. Every full time undergraduate student is issued a London Transit Commission Bus Pass. Some students use the pass simply to ride the 2 Dundas route over and over, seemingly forever, to get back and forth to school.
The LTC Bus Pass allows for:
- Free unlimited rides
- All bus stop locations on all regularly scheduled LTC bus routes
- All hours of operation
- Seven days a week (including holidays)
But don’t be fooled: your bus pass is also your cost-free ticket to exploring the community and getting to experience all the city has to offer. Enjoy the ride!
How do I get my pass?
Bus passes are distributed in the Mustang Lounge of the University Community Centre at the beginning of every school year.
2016/17 Pick-Up Details
INFORMATION WILL BE POSTED IN JULY
To be eligible to pick up your pass, you must bring your Western student card and be registered as a full-time undergraduate student. If there are any problems with your eligibility status (for example, if you have recently changed from a Part-Time to a Full-Time program), you may be asked to bring your UWO Fee Bill or a letter from the Office of the Registrar indicating that you have been assessed the Bus Pass Fee.
How do I use my pass?
Your bus pass shows your student number prominently, and the bus driver needs to see both your pass and your matching Western student card for the bus pass to be considered valid. Show both to the driver as you board the bus and they should let you on without issue.
When does my pass expire?
Every bus pass is valid from September 1st to August 31st (the entire school year and through the summer). That means that if you are living or working in London through the summer holidays, you can continue to use the bus pass from the previous school year!
What if I lose my pass?
Losing a bus pass can be frustrating, but the good news is that you shouldn’t have to pay for a new LTC membership. First of all you can check at Purple Store to see if your bus pass has been returned to their lost and found. You can also check in with Lost and Found at the Campus Police office. If this doesn’t turn up your pass, you can begin the process of replacing it. If you have lost your student card along with your pass, you need to replace the student card first by going to the Office of the Registrar. There are fees for replacement Western One or validation cards. To request a replacement bus pass, students are required to present their current Western One card at Purple Store, in the UCC Atrium. A processing fee of $25.00 (for each replacement) will be levied for your replacement pass~~please note each student is allowed 2 replacements per school year. If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation where you have lost 2 replacement bus passes, a further appeal can be made to the Bus Pass Administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org
). Please be aware that upon making a further appeal (which would exceed the 2 replacement maximum) the processing fee will increase to a minimum of $75.00 and the maximum of $150.00 if you make a successful appeal. The University Students’ Council does not guarantee replacement of lost or stolen bus passes. Each request is considered on a case-by-case basis as explained in the Bus Pass Policy. The USC will reissue a maximum of two lost or stolen Bus Passes- so do your best to keep good track of your Bus Pass!
Can I use someone else's pass?
No- using anyone’s Bus Pass but your own is considered fraud and can result in the Bus Pass’ confiscation. The LTC or the University Students’ Council reserves the right to confiscate suspected illegitimate passes. Photo copied bus passes are also considered fraud and we are required to turn them over to the Campus Police for investigation and can result in the Bus Pass’ being confiscated, all the way up to censure and possible expulsion. If you wish to appeal the decision to confiscate your bus pass, you may e-mail email@example.com
with the heading “Attn: Bus Pass Administrator”. *Please note there will be a $50.00 administration fee if your appeal is successful. In short, if you lose your pass and try to get away with using someone else’s pass, it is likely you will both end up with no pass. At least you’ll have a friend to walk with? http://www.uwo.ca/police/resources/code_of_student_conduct.html
Can I opt-out of the pass?
There is no option to opt-out of the USC Bus Pass. It is a mandatory plan, authorized by a student referendum that requires all full-time undergraduate students to participate. However, even if you have a car, the bus pass can come in handy. The pass allows you to hop on the Mustang Express, which sure if cheaper than a cab when coming home from Rick McGhie night!
MUSTANG EXPRESS: Late Night Busing has ended for the term. Check back in August for the updated schedule.
The Mustang Express is a late night shuttle service created by the USC to provide students with safe transportation home from the Downtown after the LTC buses have stopped operating. All Full-time and Part-time Undergraduate UWO students are eligible to use this shuttle service as they have paid $12.50 through their student fees. This mandatory fee was passed by student referendum in the Spring of 2011.
- The MEx will be starting up again in September 2016. Watch here for details.
The Mustang Express shuttle automatically closes if classes are cancelled due to inclement weather. In case of hazardous road conditions, closing information will be posted to the USC website, Facebook and other social media feeds.
LOST & FOUND ITEMS
Prior to departing from a shuttle or leaving a shuttle stop, please survey your area to make sure you have taken all of your belongings with you. The Mustang Express shuttle is not responsible for any personal items which are lost or stolen on any Mustang Express shuttle or shuttle stop. Items found on the Mustang Express shuttle will be turned in to the UWO Campus Police Department on the Monday following the last shuttle on the Saturday. Found items will not be released unless the owner can properly identify the items. Items will only be released by the UWO Campus University Police Department to the owner of lost item with an accurate description.
REFUSAL OF SERVICE
Mustang Express reserves the right to refuse service to any person who, under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs, is incapable of taking care of him/her self, or whose conduct is such, or is likely to be such, as to make him/her objectionable to other passengers or prospective passengers.
In the 2015/2016 academic year a review of the Mustang Express was conducted – summarizing the shuttle service’s use and place within the USC. That report can be found HERE.
Safety Rules & Terms of USC
Students will only be permitted to board the shuttle at designated Mustang Express pick-up locations. No passengers will be permitted to board the shuttle at designated drop-off locations. Please have a valid University student identification card with Mustang Express sticker attached ready to show to the shuttle driver before entering shuttle. (No one will be allowed to board shuttle without a valid University of Western Ontario Student ID Card or valid temporary pass, no exceptions) Please wait for shuttle to come to a full stop and doors are opened before approaching shuttle bus. Please allow students leaving shuttle to exit first. (This allows the driver to determine the amount of seating available.) Only one person per seat is allowed on the shuttles. Once the shuttle has reached its destination, please remain stationary until the shuttle comes to a complete stop. Please ensure that all items are stored out of the aisles. No eating or drinking is allowed on shuttles. Food or drink must be in a closed container and must remain closed while on the shuttles. Weapons of any type are prohibited on the shuttle bus. Smoking is prohibited on shuttle bus. Please be courteous to the drivers and other passengers and keep your voice levels within a normal speaking range. Due to the limited amount of seating for University students and insurance liability issues, no children or non-university students or personnel are allowed to ride on the shuttle bus unless in possession of a valid temporary pass. Animals other than those accompanying visually impaired students are prohibited on the shuttle bus. Threats made against anyone on the shuttle, harassment of anyone on the shuttle, and/or refusal to exit shuttle is prohibited and will be reported to appropriate authorities.
Shuttle Service has ended for spring exams 2016 and will return in the fall. HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!