U-Pass Referenda


March 27 – 29, 2018

“Do you support the adoption of a universal bus pass (UPass) equivalent to the cost of Lethbridge Transit's one-month Adult Pass (currently $77), plus an applicable service fee, to be applied to each undergraduate student enrolled in at least one for-credit, on-campus course on a per semester basis? “

Some students may opt-out of the program contingent on approved circumstance. 


Yes – 1968 Votes
No – 1052 Votes 

3020 voted out of 6375 eligible voters
47% voter turnout

Please click HERE for more information on the U-Pass

2011 UPass Referendum

October 26, 2011

“Do you support the adoption of a universal bus pass with an opt-out for students residing outside of the service area as well as for students doing practicum work outside of Lethbridge for more than three quarters of the semester, at a price of $77.50 per semester for a one year trial period, and agree to send it to a future referendum for approval in February 2013 should this referendum be successful”?

NO      1863      (64.58%)

YES    1022       (35.42%)

PERCENT VOTED: 42.32% (2888 of 6825 voters)    

U of L Students let their voices be heard - NO UPass on Campus!
The University of Lethbridge undergraduate population has spoken.

In this year’s referendum, 2888 of the 6825 eligible undergraduate students went to the polls, 42.32% of the eligible student population. 64.58% (1863 students) of these students selected ‘NO’ on the 2011 UPass Referendum voting card.

 35.42% (1022 students) of the students voted ‘YES’ on the referendum.

The defeated 2011 Upass proposal included two major additions since the last referendum in 2006. Firstly, students on practicum outside of Lethbridge, living outside the service area or taking distance learning courses were be eligible to opt-out of the program. Secondly, if the proposal were to be approved, it would be subject to a one year term and would return to referendum in February 2013 for permanent approval.

Similar to 2006, the price of the UPass was to be tied to an adult monthly pass, meaning it would have cost $77.50 per semester.

2006 UP-Pass Referendum

A vote for the referendum regarding a citywide bus pass was held from 9:00 am October 17, 2006 to 12:00 pm October 19,2006.

Total voters: 7048
Total Who Voted: 4410
Percent Who Voted: 62.57%

U-Pass Referendum Question 1
"Do you agree to the increase of student fees by $52.50* per semester (fall and spring semesters only) in order to obtain a city wide bus pass (U-Pass) for all undergraduate students registered in one or more courses at the Lethbridge Campus? (*the current cost of a one month adult bus pass)"

NO Votes - 59.73%  (2634 people)
YES votes - 40.27% (1776 people)

U-Pass Referendum Question 2
"To avoid the cost of a future referendum, do you agree to allow future increase to the cost of the U-Pass, as long as the per semester fee never exceeds the cost of a one month adult bus pass?"

NO Votes - 62.95% (2776 people)
YES votes - 37.05% (1634 people)