The George Washington University will join the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) U-Pass program, providing students with unlimited use of Metrorail and Metrobus for a discounted, flat fee.
Beginning Dec. 1 and through Dec. 22, GW will provide U-Pass to all full-time students for a free trial.
“Our students made a compelling case about the importance of providing access to an affordable transportation option, whether to travel to and from campus and internships or to explore more of the nation’s capital and greater region,” GW President Thomas LeBlanc said. “Joining U-Pass is an important opportunity to enhance the student experience.”
Students have advocated for the U-Pass program in recent years, noting it can help provide affordable transportation options in the District, Maryland and Virginia.
“We have heard from many students across our campuses that U-Pass would help them take advantage of all the District has to offer,” said Student Association President Brandon Hill. “We hope students will have more opportunities to volunteer, see new neighborhoods or enjoy D.C. without worrying about transportation cost.”
Students will receive more information about obtaining their U-Pass SmarTrip card, and other details about participating in the program, including details about associated student fees beginning in spring 2022, in the coming weeks.
“We are pleased that the productive collaboration with students and leadership has led to this successful outcome,” said Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Mark Diaz and Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Cissy Petty, who worked on the U-Pass initiative with their teams and student leaders.