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Using public transit is an efficient and cost-effective way to get to and between Georgian College campuses. There are also great options for those looking to travel to nearby cities.

Transit options by campus

UPass FAQs

Note: This section is applicable to Barrie Campus students only.

The UPass/transit fee provides all full-time credit students at the Barrie Campus with unlimited access to the City of Barrie transit system, including accessible transit during semesters that students are enrolled in classes.

For more information about UPass, please read the frequently asked questions (FAQs) below, or contact the Georgian College Students’ Association (GCSA) office by email or call 705.728.1968, ext. 5290.​

Do I need to get a UPass sticker?Georgian College Chevron

No. The UPass sticker is no longer being issued.

Instead, all eligible students simply tap their ONEcard on the bus fare box to validate that their UPass is active.

How do I know if my UPass is active?Georgian College Chevron

If you’re a full-time Barrie Campus student who is registered in classes, or you’re a co-op student that has purchased a pass from the GCSA, then your UPass should be active.

You can also see the UPass student transit ancillary fee in your Banner account.

Do I need to do anything to activate my UPass?Georgian College Chevron

No. If you are an eligible Barrie Campus student, you will automatically have your UPass activated 24 hours after you register for classes.

When will my UPass become active?Georgian College Chevron

If you already have your ONEcard, your UPass is active 24 hours after you register for your classes.

All new ONEcards will be activated 24 hours after they’ve been printed.

When does my UPass expire?Georgian College Chevron

Your UPass is active until the end of the semester. The UPass will not re-activate until you register for classes for your next semester.

Can I use my digital ONEcard to ride the bus?Georgian College Chevron

No. You must use your plastic ONEcard when using your UPass. To request your ONEcard, please complete the steps on our website.

What if my ONEcard doesn’t work when I get on the bus?Georgian College Chevron

If you have multiple copies of your ONEcard, only the most recent version will be active.

If you believe that you’re eligible and your card doesn’t work, please email [email protected] with your name, student number, the error message you received, the date/time, and the bus number.

Please note, there is a $10.80 fee for ONEcards that need to be replaced due to damage, loss or misuse.

Can I opt into the UPass program?Georgian College Chevron

Barrie Campus students who are registered for co-op in Banner and wish to opt into the UPass program can visit the GCSA to purchase a pass, or purchase a pass online.

The opt-in deadline is May 20, 2022.

How do I get a bus pass if I’m not eligible for a UPass?Georgian College Chevron

You can show your ONEcard to purchase a monthly bus pass at a discounted student rate wherever bus passes are sold.

Please check the Barrie Transit website for a list of current locations.