Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

No free bus rides without student ID

Friday, November 9, 2012

Students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who are utilizing their unlimited bus ride passes will, starting next week, have to produce their student ID card as well.

The bus rides are paid for by the university’s student fees account and if a non-student is using the pass, he is costing the school money. Drivers will begin requesting student IDs next Monday. If students can’t produce an ID, their bus pass will be confiscated.


Bus drivers will also be confiscating passes that have been deactivated. That could happen if a student was found advertising the pass for sale on one of the online sites, such as Craigslist.

One university official said bus passes are extremely valuable, going for as much as $300. “Students who are selling them above what they pay out of their [student] fees for them are making a profit off of other students’ fees. That’s absolutely unacceptable,” he said.

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