Department of Transportation launches U-Pass program for college students

Published on Saturday, 26 August 2017 21:08
Written by Angie DeRosa

Staff Writer

Getting around the state just got easier for college students at UConn and Connecticut State Colleges & Universities.

On Thursday the Connecticut Department of Transportation - in conjunction with UConn and CSCU - announced the launch of the U-Pass CT Program.

Students at participating schools can ride public buses and trains within the state, by using their U-Pass and showing their valid student ID upon boarding.

The U-Pass CT program is primarily funded through a $20 per semester student fee assessed by each of the 15 participating schools.

“The service offers several benefits to students. One, it’s cost effective, and two, students can utilize their time better to study and do other things while riding to and from class,” said Dennis Solensky, public transit administrator at the Connecticut Department of Transportation.

He also mentioned that the transit service will open additional opportunities for students to attend certain colleges and universities throughout the state.

Earlier this month CT Transit expanded its bus service from UConn’s new campus in downtown Hartford to its flagship in Storrs.

“A student in Hartford can now go up to UConn’s main campus,” said Solensky. Our goal is to provide access to education in the state for students.”

The schools participating in the U-Pass program include: UConn, CCSU and Tunxis Community College, among others.

Only full-time undergraduate students at participating UConn campuses and both full- and part-time credit undergraduate students at participating CSCU schools (taking at least one class per semester on campus) are eligible.

At this time graduate students, exclusively online, non-credit and early college/high school students are not eligible for the program.

Solensky said the DOT expects to grow the program over time to include other qualified students.

Fall semester passes will run from Aug. 1 to Dec. 31, 2017. Spring semester passes will cover Jan. 1 to July 30, 2018.

Transit systems participating in the U-Pass program include: CTtransit statewide (including CTtransit Express and CTfastrak), Greater Bridgeport Transit, Norwalk Transit, Housatonic Area Regional Transit, Milford Transit, South East Area Transit, Windham Region Transit District, Magic Carpet, Northwestern CT Transit District, 9 Town Transit, Middletown Area Transit.

The program also includes travel on Shore Line East and the New Haven Line operated by Metro-North for service up to the state line. It is not valid for travel into New York.

To obtain a pass, UConn students should contact Transportation Services at and CSCU students should contact their bursar’s office.

Angie DeRosa can be reached at 860-801-5063 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, General News, New Britain, Newington on Saturday, 26 August 2017 21:08. Updated: Saturday, 26 August 2017 21:10.