RTA U-pass for Tri-C students

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RTA U-pass for Tri-C students 

Denisse Goepfert 

We usually do not hear about how great Cleveland’s public transportation is. Exploring the city and getting to class can be easy and affordable, especially as a Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) student. Usually, it costs $2.25 per one-way ticket, but with your U-pass, which is short for “Universal Pass,” the cost is totally free.  

RTA U-pass for Tri-C students | image courtesy by Tri-c

Thanks to Cleveland’s extensive public transportation system and Tri-C, you can now explore the city and get to class without worrying about anything but being on time to catch your bus. Cleveland’s public transportation system includes rails, buses, trolleys, and the business rapid transit (BRT).  

The first couple of times you use the Regional Transit Authority (RTA), you might find it intimidating and confusing; but once you get used to it it’s pretty simple and convenient.  

“The week before school started, I downloaded the app to see what my route would look like, to plan my times, and to know where I was supposed to be at the right time,” said Tri-C student Emilia Garcia. “I got my U-pass and now I take the bus every day to class and other places without a problem and for free.”  

RTA U-pass for Tri-C students | image courtesy by Tri-c

Just like Garcia, you can download the “Transit” app and get your U-pass. Transit is a very convenient and practical app for all public transportation users. You can use this app to figure out the best route, fastest route, and other important things like your estimated time of arrival, and departure time.  

If you are interested in getting your U-pass, you can do it when you register for classes. When the RTA U-pass box appears, select yes. Once you are registered and pay for your classes a U-Pass will be mailed directly to your home address.  

Students are encouraged to take advantage of their U- pass, go outside, explore the city, and save on some gas by trying a new route to get to class.  

Find more information about the RTA U-pass in your My Tri-C portal.  

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