Free Student Bus Passes

Bates Campus Life and Activities, Bates Technical High School, and Pierce Transit partnered together to bring free, unlimited use, bus passes to students.


How much does it cost?

There is no cost for students enrolled in a career training program, technical high school, or those taking general education classes.

Currently, students taking only Adult Basic Education classes or those in the High School+ (adult high school) program are not eligible.

How to get your pass

Your pass is being distributed via Passage: Transit Ticketing, a mobile ticketing app built for public transit. Using Passage: Transit Ticketing, your pass will always be on your phone – you’ll never have to remember cash or a physical pass. To receive your student pass, just follow these steps.

  1. Visit to download the Passage: Transit Ticketing app in the App Store or Google Play Store.
  2. Create an account in the Passage: Transit Ticketing app, then tap the menu button located on the top left of the main screen. Tap on “Pass Program.”
  3. Enter the email address you used on your college application. If that does not work, please try your college email address.
  4. After entering your email address and tapping on “Register”, an email will be sent to your account for verification. Open the email and tap on the “Verify” button.

How to use your pass

Your student pass will automatically be added to the Passage: Transit Ticketing app after you verify your email. If your pass does not immediately appear, make sure that you have internet connection and pull down to refresh the pass wallet.

To ride using Passage: Transit Ticketing, open up your pass before you board the bus and show it to the driver while boarding.


For questions about your bus pass, please email

Student services will be reduced May 9-20 for ctcLink implementation. Programs, courses, library, tutoring and student activities will continue as scheduled. Students can still email offices or drop off paperwork. Offices will reopen for full service on Monday, May 23.