Can I use my ID Card as a bus pass?
Students attending classes on campus are assessed a Port Authority (PAT) fee each fall and spring semester, which entitles them to use their ID Card as a bus pass and ride Allegheny County Port Authority Transit (PAT) system transportation. Benefits-eligible faculty and staff, designated by Human Resources, are also eligible to ride Allegheny County Port Authority Transit (PAT) system transportation by presenting their ID Card.
Can my family ride the bus using an Affiliate Card?
No. Due to the nature of our agreement with the Port Authority, we are not able to extend the bus privilege to anyone other than degree-seeking students and benefits eligible faculty and staff.
If I'm not eligible, can I pay the Port Authority Fee and get the bus pass that way?
No. We cannot "charge" an individual or a department in order to provide the bus pass privilege to affiliate or otherwise not eligible cardholders. The university receives a discounted ridership rate which we are not permitted to extend to anyone other than the populations defined in our contract with the Port Authority.
Can I lend my ID Card to someone else so that they can ride the bus?
No. If you do, your ID Card may be confiscated by the Port Authority and you may be subject to disciplinary action. Our agreement with the Port Authority requires use of this service be limited to students and employees only. Any student, faculty or staff member who engages in any behavior which might encourage, permit or contribute to use of this privilege by anyone not eligible to do so will be deemed in violation of the standards of the university community. Specifically, any such action will be considered theft of university services and will subject the individual to the potential of expulsion and/or termination of employment. If convicted of related criminal charges - such as theft of deception, theft of services, or forgery - the person charged may be sentenced to a term of imprisonment of up to two years. Therefore, we urge all members of the community to uphold the integrity of this agreement.