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Announcement November 30, 2020

To: AU & WCL Students

From: Dan Nichols, Assistant Vice President, Risk, Safety, and Transportation Programs

Subject: U∙PASS Announcement for Spring 2021

Dear AU Students,

Due to the continued impact of COVID-19 on the DC community and area universities, the U∙PASS® Program will remain suspended for the spring 2021 semester. The U∙PASS® Program has become part of the AU student experience and we understand this decision affects the transportation options for students residing in the Washington, DC area. We consulted extensively with WMATA in pursuit of a modified program for the spring, but ultimately WMATA decided it was not a viable option. 

Previously issued U∙PASS® Program cards are no longer valid and new cards will not be issued this spring. Student accounts will be updated accordingly regarding the U∙PASS® Program fee.

The university will continue to work with WMATA regarding the status of the U∙PASS® Program for the fall 2021 semester. Decisions will be based on the evolving conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic and the operating status of WMATA and the university.

More information about WMATA’s service levels can be found on their website, along with updates on their ongoing COVID-19 recovery efforts. If you have any additional questions, please email We regret that the U∙PASS® Program will not be available this spring.


Dan Nichols

Assistant Vice President, Risk, Safety, and Transportation Programs