All full-time SOGS members are part of the mandatory, universal bus pass program. This was put in effect after a March 2002 vote which was overwhelmingly in favour. The bus passes are only available to full-time graduate students and there is neither an opt-in option for part-time graduate students nor an opt-out for the full-time graduate students.
If you are a full-time graduate student who is on co-op your bus pass eligibility depends on your tuition during your co-op term:
If you pay full-time fees while on co-op, you are eligible for a bus pass during your co-op term.
If you pay part-time fees while on co-op, you are not eligible for a bus pass during your co-op term.
The bus pass fees are outlined on the fee information page.
For those students ineligible for a SOGS bus pass, see here for alternative options.
Collecting your bus pass
For the Fall 2017 semester:
Your WesternONE Student card functions as your tap bus pass. If you experience issues with your Student card, however, please come to the SOGS Office to pick up a paper bus pass until the issue with your card can be sorted out. Your Student card may not be active for up to 48 hours after you purchase it.
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.
Reporting bus pass information for taxes
To claim bus pass fees on your taxes, the exact fee paid per student is available from Student Centre. Under Detailed Statement of Account, you may check the fees paid for each term of the last calendar year.
Lost or stolen bus pass
If your bus pass has been lost, replacement bus passes are available from the SOGS Office (UCC 260). To collect a replacement pass, you must provide your student card and $20 (cash only).