Western may seem like a city in itself, but there’s so much more beyond the main gates of Campus to see and explore. Here’s everything you need to know to get you where you’re going.
The USC / LTC Bus Pass
Every full time undergraduate student is issued a London Transit Bus Pass. This is valid for free unlimited rides, at all bus stop locations, at all hours of operation, seven days a week (including holidays). Some will use it simply to ride the 2 Dundas route over and over again each morning to get to class. Others will take full advantage of this opportunity and use this cost-free ticket to experience all the city of London has to offer.
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.
Upper year students should visit us in The Purple Store in the UCC Atrium to pick up your Bus Pass.
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.
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