Q. When can I start using my UPASS?
A. As soon as you receive it. Your Fall Semester UPASS is valid starting Monday, August 21 through Sunday, January 14. Your Spring Semester UPASS is valid starting Monday, January 8, through Sunday, May 14.
Q. Is the UPASS only good for my trips to UWM?
A. No. You can use your UPASS to travel for any purpose to any destination on any bus route. Use it any time buses operate, on any day, including weekends, holidays, and even during UWM breaks and recess periods. Your UPASS is also good on freeway flyer routes.
Q. Who can use the new UPASS?
A. Only UWM students taking at least one course for credit on the Kenwood Campus. This is an exclusive program for UWM students.
Q. Why was the UPASS created?
A. UWM, like virtually all urban universities in the country, has parking problems. UPASS offers you a great opportunity to use your car less--especially for routine trips to work, class, etc. and eliminate your parking problems. By doing so, you are guaranteed to: save lots of money you would otherwise spend maintaining and operating your car; help the environment; and reduce your parking and traffic related stress.
Q. I don't live in Milwaukee County or near any bus route, how will the UPASS be of benefit to me?
A. As part of the UPASS-program, six additional UPark lots -- just like Capitol-Humboldt, Veterans Park and McKinley Marina -- have been created. What's even better about the new UPark lots is, you don't have to drive as far to get to them. You can park free and take a Transit system freeway flyer bus free all the way to UWM.
Q. Where are the new UPark lots located and how can I get a schedule of bus departure times?
A. All registered students will be mailed information about the new UPark locations and bus operating schedules. You should receive this information before classes start or, stop by the Parking and Transit Office and pick it up.
Q. Can I drive to and park along bus routes?
A. Certainly. You can drive your car part way to campus, park in an all day parking spot right near a bus stop on any of several direct bus routes to UWM and then, ride the bus free the rest of the way. Call the Milwaukee County Transit System at 344-6711 or, UWM Parking and Transit at 229-4000 and ask for locations and schedule information for the bus routes that provide direct -- no transfer bus service to UWM.
Q. If I simply must-drive a car, how does the UPASS benefit me?
A. The UPASS offer of free transportation whenever and to wherever you want to go will be a benefit and a money saving value that many students that drive a car will find to be too good to pass up. This has been true at other Universities that have instituted UPASS programs. So, even if you can't find a way to use the bus for at least some of your trips to UWM, you will benefit from UPASS because, there will be fewer students driving their cars to campus and competing with you for a campus parking space.
Q. How is it that I can get a UPASS simply by being a UWM student? I or, someone else, must be paying for my UPASS some way.
A. Actually, you're right on both counts. You and everyone else who takes a class on the Kenwood Campus are paying to support the UPASS Program. But, each student is only paying about 16~ of the actual $180/student/semester cost of the program. It is included as part of your tuition and fees -- just like other UWM services like the Klotsche Center, UPARK shuttles, Student Health Center, etc. The remaining per student cost is being offset by federal and state transit operating funds and a quantity UPASS purchase discount.
Q. Is UPASS a better deal than driving my car to campus?
A. Yes. UPASS is one University service where the more you use your UPASS, the more your commuting expenses are reduced.
Q. How much can I save?
A. You can save literally hundreds of dollars in reduced gas costs, maintenance costs, wear and tear on your car and the hassle of driving in rush hour traffic and searching for a legal parking space. If you are going to live away from home you might want to also consider the many apartment rental opportunities along any direct bus route to UWM.
Q. I have a disability that makes it very difficult and even impossible to use a regular bus. How does UPASS help me?
A. If you are eligible to participate in the Milwaukee County User Side Subsidy Program, your UPASS can be used to waive the initial User Side portion of the fare for each trip you take. To find out more about this new benefit call 278-4091.
Q. How can I get-answers to other questions I might have?
A. Call the Milwaukee County Transit System at 344-6711 or UWM Parking and Transit at 229-4000.