Published on September 09, 2021
The long-running Universal Transit Pass program (U-Pass) at NAIT has integrated with the campus ID card, the one AT NAIT card. Starting today, NAIT students in the program can use their card to tap and get on transit in Edmonton, Sherwood Park, St. Albert, Fort Saskatchewan, Spruce Grove, Beaumont and Leduc.
“This new technology allows students at NAIT to avoid the long lineups for U-Pass stickers that have been part of the program since its inception more than a decade ago,” said NAITSA President Jerilyn Kotelniski. “Students in the program can now just go online and register their ID card as their U-Pass and they’re on their way!”
While some post-secondaries in Canada have used a smart card for their U-Pass before, NAIT is the first in Canada to fully integrate it with a campus smart card. Other post-secondaries in Edmonton will also be using a smart card, the regional ARC card, for their U-Pass, but not their campus ID card.
“NAIT is dedicated to providing a positive student experience that encompasses high-quality polytechnic education and support services, and the integration of these two services will make it easier for students to commute to and from campus,” says Marek Pietraszko, NAIT manager of systems and technology and project lead for the U-Pass and one AT NAIT card integration. “The integration of the U-Pass into our one AT NAIT card is the result of a three-year joint effort between NAIT, NAITSA and the regional transit partners and we’re excited to launch for the start of the fall term.”
one AT NAIT cards are available for pick-up and U-Pass registration now.