New UPasses for students, faculty and staff will be available in August. Current Webster UPasses will still be accepted by Metro until the new passes are issued in August.
The UPass program allows members of the Webster University community to ride both Metrobus and Metrolink for free. It’s part of the University’s commitment to making transportation more accessible, affordable and sustainable.
Launched in fall, 2012, Webster University-branded annual “UPass” cards are available at the Bursar’s Office to students, faculty and staff with a Webster University photo ID. Existing Webster UPasses are good through summer 2013. The new passes will be for the 2013-2014 academic year.
“There are many reasons why we renewed this program with Metro,” Chief Financial Officer Greg Gunderson said. “Webster University is committed to promoting alternative transportation options that are convenient. We’ve seen an appreciable increase in Metro usage among our students, faculty, and staff, through this program. This increase is a positive outcome of the program and we will seek to build on the program to make a difference in our community.”
As part of the program, the Metro system 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. Two additional Metrobus trips in the morning will leave the Metrolink station at 7:26 a.m. and 8:14 a.m., ensuring that students, faculty, and will be on campus by 8:30 a.m. In the evening two additional Metro busses leave Webster Hall at 9:44 p.m. and 10:16 p.m. Most of Webster’s evening classes end at 9 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Free parking is available for Webster UPass users at the Shrewsbury Metrolink station parking lot. Typically, about 400 parking spaces are available there, even during peak hours. Students, faculty and staff with a current Webster University parking pass may surrender the pass and receive prorated reimbursement.
The Webster University-branded UPass card is good 24 hours a day, anywhere on the Metro Transit system.