By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Port Authority of Allegheny County’s Board on Friday approved a five year continuation of the U-Pass system, which allows tens of thousands of people at local universities to ride for free on Port Authority vehicles.

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The new agreement impacts the University of Pittsburgh’s and Chatham University’s students, faculty and staff.

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The universities currently pay 50% of the base fare, but under the new agreement, their rates of contribution will be increased.

By 2026, they will pay 72% of the fare.

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Port Authority says it is discussing a similar agreement with Carnegie Mellon University.