Survey: U-PASS for faculty and staff at UBC’s Okanagan campus

Survey objectives

This survey is intended to be used by senior executive in seeking possible ways (e.g. a staff/faculty U-PASS) to support our campus’s academic and research strategic plans regarding sustainable learning and research opportunities.

A U-PASS (Universal Transportation Pass) is a card that entitles its holders to unlimited access to the Kelowna Regional Transit System whenever and wherever the system operates (i.e. more than just on UBC-related routes). UBC and the UBC Students’ Union Okanagan (UBCSUO) implemented a student U-PASS program in 2007.

Students now pay a student U-PASS fee each September and January to provide them with a U-PASS covering the period from September through April. The key to keeping U-PASS fees as low as possible has been a community revenue-neutral funding model, wherein all students pay a self-imposed fee, but participation is optional. In other words all students are eligible to receive a U-PASS, but only roughly 30 per cent of students choose to use their U-PASS and take transit (i.e. many still drive). Regardless, the revenue paid to the City of Kelowna/BC Transit from UBCSUO U-PASS fees equates to what they would have received, had no U-PASS program been in place (i.e. it is revenue neutral).

A staff/faculty U-PASS has been a sustainability-related topic on our Okanagan campus for several years, first when the student U-PASS program was introduced, and since then in continuing discussions with students, staff, and other faculty. However, more complex considerations arise for staff/faculty in a formal labour contract environment, and would require something other than the student referendum process.  Hence this survey to explore possibilities and inform the process of consideration.

This survey will take less than 5 minutes to complete. All personal indentifying information will be kept confidential, and aggregate results will be reported in summary format.

Information on the current student U-PASS can be found at:

If you have any questions regarding this survey, please feel welcome to call or e-mail Dr. Lovegrove (  250-807-8717).

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