Your Alamo Colleges District ID is Your VIA U-Pass

January 17, 2019


Alamo Colleges District has partnered with VIA to offer the new U-Pass to all students, faculty and staff.

The U-Pass is perfect for the student on the move and on a budget. With convenient bus service to campus, the U-Pass is also a great choice for employees.

The U-Pass gives you access to unlimited bus rides on VIA throughout the semester, and with free high-speed Wi-Fi on all buses and transit centers, you can spend more time reading, studying, checking e-mails and staying connected.

VIA goMobile Mobile Pass

Current Alamo Colleges District students and employees are eligible for a VIA goMobile mobile pass using your student or employee email address.


Available on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store

Download the VIA goMobile App

To access your fare, you need to download the VIA goMobile mobile ticketing app through the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

Once you’ve downloaded the app and have created your new rider account, simply go to the My Tickets page on your rider app and refresh the page to receive your mobile pass.

Note: When creating your account, be sure to use your ACD student or employee email address.

After you have created your account, it may take up to 2 hours for your ticket to be delivered.

It is preferred that students and employees use the VIA goMobile app to download and access the U-Pass.

For more information about using your VIA goMobile mobile ticketing app, please visit the VIA goMobile mobile ticketing website.

Visit the VIA goMobile Website to Learn More

If you do not have a smartphone to download the app:
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Just show your student or employee ID to the bus operator when boarding.

Your Alamo Colleges District ID can also be used as your U-Pass to ride on all VIA mainline bus routes.

How to get a Student ID

If you do not have an ACD ID, please follow the directions below for your home college:

Northeast Lakeview College

NLC has appointments Monday & Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Students must make a zoom appointment at the link below. Should students have questions or concerns they can email

Set up an Appointment at NLC

Northwest Vista College

NVC students may request a virtual ID.

Request a Virtual ID from NVC

Palo Alto College

Virtual appointments to take a photo through zoom are available on Mondays from 8:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. and Thursdays 8:00 a.m.  - 4:00 p.m. for Student IDs.

To request a virtual appointment please contact Student Life at, or call 210-486-3125 to schedule your appointment.

An official ID card will be mailed to the student.

St. Philip's College

On Mondays and Thursdays by appointment only, onsite student enrollment support (to include ID cards) is available from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at MLK & SWC campuses.

For more information, students can visit the SPC On-Site Appointments Link Page to schedule their appointment.

Contact and students can call 210-212-5266 for questions.

San Antonio College

SAC has appointments available for students to get their ID cards.

Monday & Thursday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

There are three options to make an appointment. You may:

**AlamoPROMISE scholars who are visiting campus for enrollment will receive their official ID after their session with the coach.



Who is eligible for a VIA U-PASS?

All current academic students, faculty, and staff are eligible to use the VIA U-PASS. 

How much does the VIA U-PASS cost?

Paying the board-approved Campus Access Fee with your tuition allows you to receive this benefit at no extra cost. 

How do I use the VIA U-PASS?

You will provide your Alamo Colleges District ID to the bus driver at any VIA mainline bus route. VIA U-PASS will not require a sticker. You can plan your trip at

You can also use the Via goMobile Ticketing App available for download on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

When can I get a student ID card?

Student ID’s are issued to students on a payment plan or if your tuition is paid in full. Provide your Banner ID number and a Driver’s License or Photo ID.

How much is a student ID card?

Original student ID cards are free. Replacement cards (lost or stolen) are $10.00. 

Where can I get my student ID card?

Due to COVID-19, you will need to contact your college if you need a Student ID card.

Is there a limit to the U-PASS?

You have unlimited bus rides on VIA throughout the Spring and Summer semesters.

Special events are excluded.

I am a Dual Credit, Early High School Grad, CE student or am taking Community classes. Why am I not eligible?

These students do not pay the Campus Access Fee and are not currently eligible. 

If I am ineligible, can I purchase a VIA bus pass?

Yes, visit the Business Office with a student ID card. The cost for the VIA bus pass will be $38.00.

For additional information, please contact your college Business Office.