Metro UPass Program Extended into 3rd Year

Student holding a Upass Current Pass Good through Summer

ST. LOUIS (JUNE 13, 2014) - Students, faculty and staff who have used Webster University Metro UPass will be happy to know that the University will continue the program for a third year.

As for those who have never used one … there’s no time like the present: The UPass is not just an academic year perk; passes for the current year are good through the summer.

That makes it perfect for commuting to events on and off campus, including community events such as downtown fairs, Rams, Blues and Cardinals games and other major events where parking on or off campus is at a premium. The UPass allows students, faculty and staff of Webster to ride Metro Bus and Metro Link transportation at no charge to them.

Find Directions, Bus & Train Schedules plus Route Planning

 
As part of the program, Metro offers an increased number of Metro bus trips between the Shrewsbury Metrolink station and the front of Webster Hall on Lockwood during hours that better match the needs of students, faculty, and staff. Parking is also available for Webster UPass users at the Shrewsbury Metrolink station parking lot.

Obtaining a Pass

To obtain a pass for the current year, visit the Bursar’s office with your Webster ID, making sure to have the proper sticker for the current semester on the back.

To use it while riding on the Metro bus and light rail system, simply carry both your UPass and Webster ID as verification.

For bus and train schedules, route planning and other information navigating the Metro system, visit metrostlouis.org.

A Response to Students’ Needs

For an institution that is recognized for sustainability, offering the UPass makes perfect sense. However, the collaboration between the University and Metro came about as a result of a Delegates’ Agenda meeting, the avenue through which student leaders formally present to administration their ideas and priorities concerning improvements to their student experience.

“President Stroble and provost Schuster responded to the students’ needs voiced through Delegates’ Agenda,” said Greg Gunderson, vice president and chief financial officer. “Offering the UPass makes student life easier and enhances the experience. It’s been a great investment and good addition for everyone.”

And people are using it, with more than 52,000 “swipes” (and counting) by Webster University community members last year. Pressure on on-campus parking has reduced as a result, Gunderson said.