U-pass frequently asked questions
What is the U-Pass Sponsored go Card?
The U-Pass Sponsored go Card is an Australian-first public transport trial that ultimately aims to combine the Student ID card with the TransLink go card.
Introduced in Semester 1, 2011 and extended to 2014, the U-Pass sponsored go Card is a pilot program sponsored by USC that aims to promote travel behaviour change by encouraging students to leave their car behind and use sustainable public transport to travel to campus.
Each eligible student will be provided with a go Card which they can use on public transport to travel around the Sunshine Coast and the entire TransLink network, from Gympie to Coolangatta.
What is the purpose and benefit of this program?
The program promotes the use of public transport, which will reduce vehicle use and congestion, boost safety, improve transit services and help the environment.
Ultimately, increasing the percentage of USC students who use public transport from 17% to 30%, would result in a weekly reduction of 3,500 car trips.
Who can get one?
The go Card is available to full time students enrolling at USC for the first time in Semester 1, 2014. Students must have their "Letter of Offer' on hand when they apply for the card.
Where do I get one?
Cards will be available as students receive their USC photo identification, after they accept their offer and enrol in their classes. The Student Identification Card sessions take place during January and during O Week.
Are there any up-front fees for students?
No. The card is free to participating USC students.
Those students participating in the trial can claim up to A$65 of travel during Semester 1, 2014.
The travel credit is subsidised by USC.
Is there credit on the card?
Yes. A$65 credit will be loaded onto the card when it is first given to you.
Any further top-ups are at the expense of the cardholder.
Can I use my own money to top up the U-Pass Sponsored go Card?
Yes. You can top-up your trial U-Pass Sponsored go Card at Student Central (EFTPOS or debit card only), on board Sunbus (up to A$50) or at a go Card retailer (visit the TransLink website to view a full list of retailers).
Will my U-Pass Sponsored go Card expire?
Yes. Cards issued in Semester 1, 2014 will expire on 31 December 2014. The date can be changed at Student Central on presentation of a valid student identification card.
Can I cash my trial U-Pass Sponsored go Card in?
No. If you have added credit to your go Card (topped-up), this will be refunded on cancellation of the card or transferred to another go Card. Unused University subsidies will be returned to the University.
How many students can take part in the U-Pass trial?
Two thousand cards are available during Semester 1, 2014 and the trial runs for the duration of Semester 1, 2014. Students' travel patterns will be recorded and used to report on the success of the trial and to determine viability of the continuation of the project.
I have a card from 2011, 2012 or 2013. Can I use it again?
Yes. If the card has expired, the date can be changed at Student Central on the presentation of a valid student identification card. Any further top-ups will be at your own expense.