MCC and RTS are teaming up to allow students unlimited bus rides beginning this fall.

Monroe Community College and RTS are teaming up to allow students unlimited bus rides beginning this fall.

The Universal Pass (U-Pass) program will soon allow students to travel not just from home to campus, but also to jobs, doctor's appointments and events around town.

MCC President Anne Kress says that it fills a vital need for students.

"We also need to recognize that there are more than 700 students who live on MCC's campus, and many of them are literally landlocked, they don't have cars, they don't have access to transportation because they're low income, that's what we're talking about, removing those barriers to access to college for our students."

Under the program, full- and part-time MCC students can ride RTS free with their MCC ID -- any route and anytime, including weekends and college breaks -- during the academic year. Students simply swipe their MCC ID card when boarding the bus.

In a pilot program, 60 students were offered the U-Pass. Kress said that on average, they took 200 bus rides per week when offered unlimited RTS rides.