Alamo Colleges students, employees eligible for free VIA bus pass

August 20, 2021

Students

Through a partnership with VIA Metropolitan Transit, all Alamo Colleges District students and employees are eligible for a free VIA U-PASS by signing up with their student or employee email address.

The pass gives you access to unlimited rides on VIA bus or Link service throughout the semester. With free high-speed Wi-Fi on all buses and transit centers, you can spend more time reading, studying, checking emails and staying connected. 

Fall U-PASS: Valid Aug. 1–Jan. 31
Spring U-PASS: Valid Jan. 1–July 31

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Download the VIA goMobile+ App to access your free VIA U-PASS.
  1. Download VIA goMobile+ from your smartphone’s app store.
  2. Create a new account using your alamo.edu email address.
  3. Within 10 minutes, your VIA U-PASS will appear in the app’s Ticket Wallet as a stored pass.
  4. Activate your VIA U-PASS by tapping on “Activate Ticket.
  5. Show your mobile ticket to the VIA operator when boarding.

 
Request a VIA Link Trip

Similar to Uber or Lyft, VIA Link works off of an app to request trips within the zone. VIA Link is fast, convenient and included FREE with your U-PASS. 

Learn more about VIA Link

Don't have a smartphone?
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Just show your student or employee ID to the VIA operator when boarding.

Your Alamo Colleges District ID serves as your U-PASS.

Any students or employees needing assistance accessing the VIA U-PASS may contact VIA Customer Service at 210-362-2020, and select the option for goMobile+. For more information about using your VIA goMobile+ app, please visit the VIA website.

Visit the VIA website

FAQs

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. 

When can I get a student ID card?

Student IDs 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?

Students can get their student ID from their home college. 

Northeast Lakeview College

Student Life (Lounge)
Brazos Student Union

Northwest Vista College

Student Life
Huisache Hall

Palo Alto College

Student Life
Student Center (SC)

St. Philip's College

Welcome Center

San Antonio College

Welcome Center
Fletcher Building (2nd Floor)

Is there a limit to the U-Pass?

You have unlimited bus rides on VIA throughout the semester.

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?

Tickets can be purchased at all VIA Customer Service Centers and many retail outlets. Visit VIA's website for more information.