UPass Program for Discounted Bus Rides

Thanks to a unique partnership with the Pittsburgh Regional Transit (formerly known as the Port Authority), discounted bus rides are available to all students, faculty and staff who enroll in Duquesne University's UPass program. Through an app on your mobile device, you can ride anywhere Pittsburgh Regional Transit (PRT) travels at a discounted fare of $1.82 per ride (compared to the $2.75 regular price).

The UPass does not include transfers as part of its fare. Since there are many options available from PRT, please evaluate when choosing the fare option that best serves your transit needs.

Sign up for UPass

Enrollment remains open throughout the academic year.

Rather than a blanket enrollment, mandatory fee system or ride restrictions similar to neighboring universities, riders who opt-in will actively enroll in the program at the start of each academic year, and will be able to ride anywhere Pittsburgh Regional Transit travels. This opt-in model allows riders to enjoy a discounted rate and does not impose a fee on others who do not use this service.

This initiative is exclusive to the Duquesne community. Based upon your needs, Pittsburgh Regional Transit has additional ridership and fare options that may be better suited for you (for example, ConnectCard, Annual, Monthly, and Weekly passes, etc). View all the fares/programs Pittsburgh Regional Transit provides.

To sign up and activate your UPass Mobile Account:

  1. Download the Ready2Ride App to your mobile device.
    Ready2Ride iOS Download
    Ready2Ride Android Download
  2. Create an account within the app using your duq.edu email address.
  3. Complete the Enrollment and Payment Agreement Form.
  4. At the start of each month, you will need to activate your pass in the ticket wallet to generate the barcode for that month.
  5. Scan the barcode each time you enter the bus.

Billing will occur at the end of the month based upon actual usage and selected billing method (student account or online portal).

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Additional Pittsburgh Regional Transit Resources

UPass FAQs

UPass is a Duquesne University exclusive discount program for students, faculty and staff. Although Pittsburgh Regional Transit (formerly known as Port Authority) has a number of payment choices, UPass provides our Duquesne community with its very own option for a discount on a single ride (no transfers/time).
Your monthly pass will appear in the Ticket Wallet of the "Ready2Ride" app. Please allow three to five business days for processing and enrollment verification before it appears. Once enrolled, subsequent monthly passes will be pushed to your account prior to the first of the month.

Upon enrolling, students will have two options for payment: "Student Account" or "Bill Me." Student account charges are automatically posted to your student account. The "Bill Me" option will require you to pay for your charges through the University's online payment system, Transact.

Faculty and staff will see their payment options when signing up for UPass.

You will be billed for your monthly usage by the end of the following month.

You will receive your monthly Pittsburgh Regional Transit usage charge via email.

For students, if you opted for the UPass student account, your charge will automatically be applied to your student account. If you selected the "bill me" option, you will receive an email that will have a link with further instructions to pay that bill.

For faculty and staff, you may choose to be billed automatically through your UPass account or through payroll deduction when setting up your UPass account.

Please send an email to upass@duq.edu requesting a change to the desired method.
There is a five minute restriction between each scan used to ride on the Pittsburgh Regional Transit systems.
Unfortunately no, each rider will need their own UPass account. 
If you do not ride the bus using your UPass account, then you will not be charged. 
You will need to complete the Enrollment and Payment Authorization form towards the end of July for the following school year.