Your OneCard is your ticket to transit in Waterloo Region!

Wilfrid Laurier University has a universal transit pass (U-Pass) program. This means that the Students’ Union and Graduate Students Association have agreed to universal student participation in exchange for unlimited transit rides at an affordable price. 

If you're a full-time student enrolled at a campus in Waterloo Region, the U-Pass is automatically added to your OneCard. It's good for unlimited trips on all GRT buses and ION light rail each semester.

Using your OneCard on GRT

On the bus

Tap your OneCard on the farebox when you board. The smart card reader is the blue-green rectangle on the lower right corner of the farebox. Hold your card level and square against the card reader and wait for the farebox to ding. 

On the train 

There are platform card readers at each end of ION stations. Tap your OneCard on the green smart card target before you board the train. You can also tap on the fare vending machine in the middle of the platform by selecting "Pay/validate your ION trip".

When you tap your card, the screen will show "WLU Undergrad U-Pass" or "WLU Grad Student".

Tapping on farebox and platform card reader

Card issues

If your card doesn't work or if your card is lost/stolen, contact the OneCard office.

Did you just get your new OneCard? It may take up to 2 business days for your U-Pass to work on all GRT buses and ION light rail.

Popular destinations and how to get there
DestinationWhat's thereHow to get there on transit
Conestoga Mall Grocery store, movie theatre, shopping Route 301 ION light rail
Route 7 King
Westmount Place Asian grocery store Route 202 iXpress University
Route 12 Westmount
Bridgeport Plaza Grocery store, home decor Route 8 Weber
Route 29 Keats-University
Uptown Waterloo Grocery store, shopping, nightlife Route 301 ION light rail
Route 7 King
The Boardwalk Movie theatre, home decor, shopping Route 202 iXpress University
Route 29 Keats-University
St. Jacobs Market Food and craft vendors Route 19 Hazel

Map of popular destinations for Laurier students and how to get there on transit

Stops and stations near Wilfrid Laurier University:

Map of bus stop locations near Wilfrid Laurier University

Need to travel somewhere else? Use our trip planner to plan your trip.

Schedules and real-time information

You can find bus and train schedules on our Schedules page, or find real-time bus departure information by using an app like Transit or Google Maps.

How to ride the train

Willis Way Station platform

Tap your OneCard on the platform card reader at the end of the platform.

Stand on the platform behind the yellow line. The train doors will line up with the black sections of the platform. Stand back from the doors to allow other passengers to exit before you board.

Each upcoming station will be announced and shown on the displays inside the train. The train will stop at each station, so you don't need to signal your stop.

How to ride the bus

Finding your bus stop

All bus stops have a stop marker with the 4-digit stop number. There are two styles of bus stop marker:

Old stop marker design for local routes  New design of local stop marker

To find out when the bus will arrive:

  • Text the four-digit stop number to 57555. You'll get a text back with the next three departures from your stop.
    Standard rates for text messaging from your service provider will apply. No additional fees for this service will be charged by GRT.
  • Call 519-585-7555, select option 1, and enter your four-digit stop number. 
  • Use a mobile app like Transit or Google Maps and select your stop.

Boarding the bus

Stand next to the bus stop marker to let the driver know you want to board. When you board, tap your OneCard on the farebox.

Exiting the bus

All GRT buses have automated stop announcements and display the next stop. When you hear or see the name of your stop, pull the yellow cord or press the red stop button to let the driver know you want to get off.

Exit through the rear door if you can. Wait for the green light above the doors to light up, then hold your hand in front of the sticker to open the doors.

More info on how to ride, or check out our video about how to ride GRT.

Bicycles on transit

Bicycles are welcome on all GRT buses in the bike rack. You can also bring your bicycle on board the train by standing with it in the priority seating area. Always walk/hold on to your bike at station platforms and at bus stops; do not ride on platforms.

Learn more about how to bring your bicycle on board