Can I use my ID Card as a bus pass?
Students attending classes on campus are assessed a Transportation Fee each fall and spring semester, which entitles them to use their ID Card to ride Allegheny County Port Authority Transit (PAT) system transportation. Benefits-eligible faculty and staff, designated by Human Resources, are also eligible to ride PAT transit.
Can my family ride the bus using a sponsored card?
No. Due to the nature of our agreement with the Port Authority, we are not able to extend the PAT privilege to anyone other than degree-seeking students and benefits-eligible faculty and staff. PAT transit ticket books or a ConnectCard may be purchased via the PAT website.
If I'm not eligible, can I pay the Transportation Fee and get the bus pass that way?
No. We cannot charge an individual or a department in order to provide the PAT transit privilege to sponsored cardholders or other individuals. 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 Port Authority. PAT transit ticket books or a ConnectCard may be purchased via the PAT website.
Can I lend my ID Card to someone else so they can ride the bus?
No. If you do, your ID Card may be confiscated and you may be subject to disciplinary action. Our agreement with 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 the 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 strongly urge all members of the community to uphold the integrity of this agreement.