About the SOGS Bus Pass Program
All full-time SOGS members are part of the universal bus pass program. In March 2020, SOGS Council voted overwhelmingly in favour to mandate a contract between SOGS, the sister student organizations at Western University (University Student’s Council) and Fanshawe (Fanshawe Student Union) with the London Transit Commission (LTC) in order to secure affordable transportation for students in London.
The bus passes are only available to full-time graduate students. There is neither an opt-in option for part-time graduate students nor an opt-out option for full-time graduate students. In order to secure a affordable and equitable transit passes for our members, all full-time students must pay into the program.
Bus Pass Eligibility
- Full-time students: You are automatically charged for and enrolled into the program each term (September, January, May).
- Students on CO-OP: If you pay full-time fees while on co-op, you are eligible for a bus pass during your co-op term.
- Students on Medical Leave of Absence: Please contact the SOGS office.
- Part-time Students registered with Accessibility Services: Please contact the SOGS office.
- Visiting or Exchange Students: Please contact the SOGS office.
For more information regarding the bus pass, please contact the SOGS Office: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Collecting your bus pass
Your WesternONE Student card functions as your tap bus pass AND student card. If you experience issues with your Student card, please go to the Student Services Building (SSB) and ask for help. For example, tap cards can become demagnetized and the SSB can re-magnetize it for you, and troubleshoot other issues for you.
Over the next few years, Western and London Transit are phasing out the old paper bus pass and are implementing a tap pass system that will use new student cards as the bus pass.
Regardless of how the bus pass is distributed, the graduate student bus pass contract is negotiated and managed by SOGS. If you have any questions about the bus pass, please contact us.
Lost or stolen bus pass
If your paper bus pass has been lost, replacement bus passes are available from the SOGS Office (Middlesex College, room 8). To collect a replacement pass, you must provide your student card and $20 payment (cash preferred, but e-transfer is available).
If you are a full-time student, your bus pass has been billed to your student account. To review your tuition fee bill, go to Student Centre, login, click on “account summary”.
If you are a visiting student or an exchange student, you will have opted in to the bus pass in the SOGS office. For a receipt, please contact our Administrative Coordinator (email@example.com).