Cleveland State is pleased to support the popular U-Pass program. U-Pass allows all main campus students to ride free of charge on all Greater Cleveland RTA buses and rapid trains during each academic semester. The program was initiated in the Spring of 2003, supported by a vote of the student body, renewed in Spring 2005 and again in Spring 2009. The University administers the U-Pass program according to the policies passed by student referendum and based on the agreement between CSU and the Regional Transit Authority.
The following students are not eligible to participate in the U-Pass program: students who take classes at only the West campus, students enrolled in only web based classes, Project 60 students and PSEOP students.
NO NEED TO STAND IN LINE TO PICK UP YOUR U-PASS!
All eligible students will receive U-Pass stickers via U.S. Mail to the address on file with the University Registrarís office once their enrollment is confirmed.
Policies and Regulations
Benefits to Students
Commuter Advantage for Faculty and Staff
This program allows eligible Faculty and Staff to purchase RTA monthly bus passes via payroll deduction. The payroll deduction option means that the expense for the pass will be paid with pre-tax dollars and can provide employees with a tax benefit of up to $200 per year. You also have the convenience the automatic payment for the pass.
NOTE: Riders on the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority’s buses and trains who transfer from transit systems in Portage, Stark and Summit counties will no longer pay an additional fare when they cross into Cuyahoga County. RTA says it has partnered with the Portage Area RTA, Stark Area RTA and Akron METRO, which includes Summit County, so that customers who use more than one public transit service to reach their destination don’t have to pay two fares.
Customers who board an RTA bus after traveling on any of these agencies can ride on RTA at no additional charge. And when a fare is paid on RTA for their return trip, they’ll get a credit when transferring to the other counties’ transit routes in the amount of the RTA fare paid usually $2.25.
RTA in Cuyahoga County already had agreements with Laketran in Lake County, Medina County Public Transit and Brunswick Transit Alternative, which serves the city of Brunswick. Customers will continue to have free transfers between those services and RTA buses and trains.
The agency also is exploring extending service in the northeastern corner of Cuyahoga County, past its current terminal point in East Cleveland and on to Euclid and the border with Lake County.