Metro's U-Pass coming to students at George Washington University
Metro today announced an agreement with George Washington University (GW) that will bring U-Pass to the school’s full-time students. With U-Pass GW students will have access to unlimited rides on Metrorail and Metrobus during the academic year at a significant discount beginning Spring semester.
The U-Pass will launch with a free trial by GW for all full-time undergraduate, graduate and professional (law and medical) students from December 1 through December 22. Additional information will be provided to students in the coming weeks about obtaining their U-Pass SmarTrip® card for the Spring semester, including details about associated student fees.
“We welcome GW to the U-Pass program, connecting students to opportunities across the region with an affordable, sustainable transportation option,” said Metro General Manager/CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld. “We appreciate the work of university leaders, students and the administration in seeing the value and benefits of transit for the GWU community.”
“Our students made a compelling case about the importance of providing access to an affordable transportation option, whether to travel to and from campus and internships or to explore more of the nation’s capital and greater region,” GW President Thomas LeBlanc said. “Joining U-Pass is an important opportunity to enhance the student experience.”
Students will receive a specially designed U-Pass featuring the school’s primary logo over the GW monogram. At $1 a day for each student during the semester, U-Pass will allow students to take Metro to jobs, internships and other activities across the District, Maryland and Virginia. From GW it’s easy to take the train to and from the Foggy Bottom Station in the heart of campus, or hop on one of the many Metrobus routes nearby.
GW will become the largest university in the U-Pass program. The partnership is expected to generate additional revenue for Metro and help build ridership with new transit users.
Metro began the U-Pass Program in Fall 2016, starting with American University and has since expanded to 26 colleges and universities in the DC region. For additional information and a list of participating school go to wmata.com/U-Pass.