In Partnership with WUSA, the Stratford School is pleased to announce a Pilot Bus program, with limited seating capacity on a trial basis for the Fall 2023 term. Thanks to the GBDA Society for championing this initiative!
Term passes are sold on a first come first serve basis, allowing you to use the bus as often as you need throughout the term.
Cheaper, Greener, and Reliable
WUSA, the GBDA Society, and the Stratford School have worked hard to ensure this program is an affordable and safe option for students.
If you attend classes 3 days/week throughout the term (12 weeks), your 1-way trip is $2.75. From our transportation survey results, the average cost of a carpool seat was $6.23. The more you attend campus for class or events, the cheaper your per trip cost becomes.
How much does the term pass cost?
$175.00+HST, to a total of $197.75. The term pass provides unlimited access to the bus throughout one academic term. If you used the bus to come to Stratford three days per week through the term (12 weeks), your one-way trip would cost $2.75 including tax
When does the bus run?
The bus departs Waterloo for Stratford on Mondays to Thursdays at 8:00 a.m.
The bus departs Stratford for Waterloo on Mondays at 5:15 p.m., and Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 4:15 p.m.
Does the bus run in the summer or over reading week?
Bus service starts on the first day of classes, Wednesday, September 6, 2023, and runs until the last day of classes, Tuesday, December 5, 2023. Buses will not run during Reading Week, October 9-13, or on holidays and/or university closures.
Where does the bus pick-up and drop-off?
In Waterloo, the bus picks-up and drops-off on Ring Road in front of DC (Davis Centre). See on Google Maps.
In Stratford, the bus picks-up and drops-off at the Stratford Bus Terminal across from the Bradshaw Building. See on Google Maps.
Am I able to purchase a one-day pass for the bus?
At this time, only term passes are available.
If I don’t buy a pass at the beginning of term will a prorated pass be available?
Passes are not pro-rated, so you will get the most value by purchasing early and using often.
Are passes transferable?
No. Passes are to be only used by the student who purchased it. WatCard must be presented to board the bus,
Who can buy a pass?
Only Stratford students can buy a pass for the Stratford bus.
Why is it more expensive than U-pass?
The GRT U-pass pricing is negotiated on a 5-year term, with the leverage of 65,000 undergraduate and graduate students in the Waterloo region. The Stratford Bus Pass has a smaller user base, and travels directly between the campuses.
Perth-County Connect Transit System that has service between Stratford and Waterloo charges students $10 for each one-way trip. To come to campus 3 times/week with public transportation could cost over $720/per term.