WMATA: Mobile U-Pass Now Available on iPhone and Apple Watch

by MCS Staff

The convenience of taking Metro just got easier for college students with a U-Pass SmarTrip card. As of January 19, eligible students at participating universities can add their U-Pass to Apple Wallet on iPhone or Apple Watch to use on Metrorail or Metrobus. It’s quick and easy to do. Just add the U-Pass card to Apple Wallet, and there’s no more plastic to carry around.

After you add a U-Pass to your Apple Wallet, you can toss out the card or keep it as a souvenir. The physical card will no longer work when transferred because all the content is now available through your U-Pass in Wallet on iPhone or Apple Watch.  Students at participating schools can use the mobile U-Pass just like a physical card at any of Metro’s 97 rail stations in DC, Maryland and Virginia and all Metrobus routes. Just hold your iPhone or Apple Watch near the card reader on the faregate or farebox to pay with U-Pass. With Express Mode, there’s no need for Face ID, Touch ID or to unlock the device.

When the U-Pass expires at the end of the school year, it will be removed from your Wallet. Each year participating schools will continue to distribute new U-Pass SmarTrip cards to all eligible students at the beginning of the fall semester. Once you have the card, it can be added to Apple Wallet for the academic year.

The addition of U-Pass in Apple Wallet expands Metro’s mobile pay options, which first launched in September 2020 and allows customers to add a SmarTrip card to Apple Wallet to use with an iPhone and Apple Watch. The investment in mobile pay is part of Metro’s fare modernization program to upgrade fare and payment technology and improve the customer experience.

U-Pass on iPhone and Apple Watch is available on iPhone 8 and newer generation iPhones as well as Apple Watch Series 3 and newer. For more information and how to add U-Pass to Apple Wallet visit wmata.com/U-Pass.


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