Information for Employers
ProPASS is a permanent bus pass purchased by employees through payroll deductions. ProPASS is valid for travel in all zones within the Victoria Regional Transit System, 365 days a year.
A primary goal of the ProPASS program is to reduce rush-hour traffic by encouraging employees to use transit whenever possible. The program has been enthusiastically received in Victoria, and has been a major contributor to increasing transit ridership. The program also complements employer initiatives to reduce the number of vehicles being driven to the workplace.
Over 70 organisations are enrolled in the program, with more than 3,000 employees participating.
Easy to Administer
The ProPASS is purchased by payroll deduction. The program is as easy to administer as processing a payroll deduction to the United Way.
To join the program, an employer must have at least five employees who are willing to enrol.
Cost and Savings
Over a 12-month period, the ProPASS will cost $875.50. This is an annual savings of $144.50. Payments are based on employee pay periods per year:
- 12 pay periods: each deduction is $72.96
- 24 pay periods: each deduction is $36.48
- 26 pay periods: each deduction is $33.67
The ProPASS is valid as long as the employee remains on the payroll deduction program.
Family Member Pass
When permitted by the employer and the contract, an employee may purchase one additional pass for an adult family member.
Lost or Damaged Pass
If the pass is not in the lost and found, and requires immediate replacement, contact the Fare Product office by phone at 250-995-5682 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide your company name and contact information. A replacement pass can be collected at our main office located at 520 Gorge Road East. The replacement cost of $7 is payable at reception at time of pick-up.
Employees are required to sign on for one year. Employees may opt-out of the ProPASS Program if their work shift changes, or they have a change in job or residence that makes the ProPass ineffective for them.
If an employee opts-out, they must return their ProPASS to their employer before the employer can stop payroll deductions.
An Employee requesting to leave the ProPASS program prior to one year, for reasons other than those stated in the enrollment application, are required to repay BC Transit the difference between the cost of regular monthly Adult Passes and the cost of the ProPASS for each month they participated in the program.
Using the Pass
To use a ProPASS, slide the card through the scanner at the top of the fare box.
Enrolling your organisation is as easy as completing the ProPASS agreement and sending it to BC Transit. This agreement sets out payment schedules and responsibilities. As soon as your organisation is enrolled, your employees can make appointments to get their photo ID ProPASS cards.