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PTS Services: Public Transit: Transit Pass


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The ASU Student U-Pass and ASU Employee Platinum Pass offer unlimited access on Valley Metro bus and light rail.

ASU Student U-Pass

ASU Employee Platinum Pass

How & Where to Use the U-Pass and Platinum Pass

Transit Pass FAQs

 

ASU Student U-Pass

Purchase a 2013-2014 Student U-Pass

Pass Type Price Valid Dates
Spring 2014 $100

Valid from date of purchase - May 16, 2014

The U-Pass is valid on the Valley Metro light rail and on Local, LINK, Express and RAPID Valley Metro bus routes. View routes and schedules.

  • Visa and MasterCard accepted for online purchases
  • Cash, personal check, Visa and MasterCard accepted at all PTS offices and at the MU location
  • Students must bring their ASU ID with them to purchase an ASU U-Pass in person

 

Check Out These Savings!

  ASU U-Pass Transit Fare from Valley Metro
9 months of unlimited rides (Academic Year Pass) $200 $936^
Cost breakdown by month $23
($200/9 months)
$104^
Cost breakdown by day $0.75
($23/31)
$3.35
($104/31)

^Compared to Valley Metro's monthly Express pass, which offers the same level of service as the U-Pass and costs $104/month.

ASU students receive a more than 75% discount compared to paying the Valley Metro fare rate when they purchase the ASU U-Pass.

 

ASU Employee Platinum Pass

Purchase a 2013-2014 Employee Platinum Pass

Pass Type Price Valid Dates
Local $390 Aug. 16 - Aug. 15 of the following year
Express $520 Aug. 16 - Aug. 15 of the following year
Pass Type Valid on Routes
Local Valley Metro Light Rail; Local and LINK Valley Metro bus routes View routes and schedules
Express Valley Metro Light Rail; Local, LINK, Express and RAPID Valley Metro bus routes View routes and schedules
  • Visa and MasterCard accepted for online purchases; benefits-eligible employees may also pay via payroll deduction
  • Cash, personal check, Visa and MasterCard accepted at all PTS offices and at the MU location; benefits-eligible employees may also pay via payroll deduction
  • Employees must bring their ASU ID with them to purchase an ASU Platinum Pass in person

Check Out These Savings!

  ASU Platinum Pass Transit Fare from Valley Metro
Annual Local Pass $390 $768
Annual Express Pass $520 $1248

 

How to Use an ASU U-Pass/Platinum Pass

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The transit pass you receive from PTS is already activated. However, you must validate every trip before boarding the light rail each time. Simply touch the back of your transit pass to the orange card reader ("target") located on the transit vending machine kiosk at each boarding station.

Upon touching a valid transit pass to the orange target, an audible "ding" can be heard and the screen will display an "enjoy your ride" message. No type of printed confirmation or ticket is issued.

Be prepared to show proof of a valid fare to Valley Metro fare inspectors by always having your transit pass and Sun Card with you while riding light rail and by always validating the transit pass before boarding the train. By validating your transit pass, you avoid fare violation fines which range from $50-500.

Remember: Touch, Hold and Go
Touch the pass on the orange target.
Hold for the confirmation ding or "enjoy your ride" message.
Go and enjoy your ride.

 

Where to Use Your ASU U-Pass or Platinum Pass

Now that you have your transit pass, you can use it to travel between the Tempe and Downtown Phoenix campuses, make your way to Sky Harbor International Airport or make your way to the best shopping malls, movie theaters and restaurants in the East or West Valley.

View Valley Metro Light Rail and Bus Routes

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions? Refer to our Student U-Pass or Employee Platinum Pass FAQ pages.