In 2008, some changes were made to the program, requiring students, faculty, and staff to obtain a free quarterly UC*Metro card. This change was made in order to prevent abuse to the program from people with invalid UC ID cards. Eventually, the terms of the program changed, requiring a small fee for these cards.
The UC*Metro deal has been renewed for the 2009-10 school year, with some additional changes:
- The passes will now cost $40 per quarter for students, and $120 per quarter for faculty and staff.
- Riders must now present both their UC*Metro card and a valid UC ID.
- The passes are now only valid for rides within Metro Zone 1. If traveling to an outer zone, the rider must pay the difference between the Zone 1 fare and the normally applicable fare.
- UC will contribute an additional $100,000 to Metro for this year’s program.