THE USC 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 USC 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.
2017/18 Pick-Up Details
FIRST AND SECOND YEAR STUDENTS DO NOT NEED TO PICK UP A PAPER PASS. YOUR WESTERN ONE CARD IS YOUR USC BUS PASS
UPPER YEAR UNDERGRAD STUDENTS (THIRD YEAR AND UP): 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?
Tap your enabled One card or present your paper pass and One card to be able to ride the LTC. First and second-year students should exclusively be using their bus pass enabled One card.
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. Simply email the bus pass administrator (email@example.com
) to ask if your bus pass has been returned to their office. If it has, you can reclaim your pass Monday through Friday between the hours of 9am-11am and 1pm-3pm (with the proper I.D.) You can also check in with Lost and Found at the Campus Police office.
If you have lost your student card and bus pass you can replace your One card at Student Central (there will be a replacement fee). Your new One card will be Bus Pass enabled, so you can continue to ride the LTC. You will not need to replace the paper 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. Photocopied 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
How do I claim the Bus Pass on my taxes?
There are no special tax forms issued for the Bus Pass as it is charged along with your Tuition. Please use the online statement of account found at the Student Center (https://student.uwo.ca) as proof of amounts paid. As Bus Pass charges cross tax years, you can claim only one-half the cost on your 2016 return. The remainder must be claimed in the next tax year.
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 $12.93 through their student fees. This mandatory fee was passed by student referendum in the Spring of 2011.
Thanks for another great year! Mustang Express will be back in September 2017!
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.