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U-PASS

The CTA U-PASS is provided to eligible students during enrolled terms. The U-PASS provides unlimited use of CTA trains and buses. As of January 1‚ 2009‚ the U-PASS was no longer valid on PACE. A U-PASS is issued at the start of each semester‚ and expires at the end of each semester. Eligible students are encouraged to pick up their passes during each semester’s distribution period. Distribution is conducted in the Student Services Building. During this time‚ CTA personnel are on site to print U-PASSes for eligible students who were not preprinted before the semester’s start. You need to bring your valid i-card to pick up your U-Pass.


Beginning Fall 2013, the CTA Transportation Fee will increase to $140.


The U-PASS program is not optional. All eligible students are assessed the $140 CTA Transportation Fee for each of the Fall and Spring semesters. UIC also participates in the Summer U-PASS program. This fee for the summer is less than the academic year due to the condensed schedule. The Summer U-PASS is available for the entirety of both portions of the summer term.

U-PASS Distribution

The UIC CTA Ventra U-PASS is always valid the Wednesday prior to classes starting through the Wednesday following finals week. Your Ventra U-Pass card is valid for five years. Please do not discard at the end of the current Semester which will terminate December 18, 2013. Discarding your pass is considered a lost pass and a $50 replacement fee will apply.

If you are registered as a Full Time Student for Spring Semester 2014 by December 30, 2013, your current Ventra U-Pass will activate effective January 8, 2014. As long as you are enrolled as a full-time student, your U-Pass privileges will be loaded onto your card automatically at the beginning of each semester.

Please Note: Per CTA Contract with all Schools participating in the Ventra U-PASS Program, no student achieving full time status beginning 42 days after the beginning of the Term will be eligible to activate Ventra U-Pass Privileges for that current Term. There are no exceptions, and this is strictly been enforced by CTA.

If your card is lost, stolen or damaged (due to abuse, misuse, etc.), visit the ID Center to complete a report and request a new card. A non-refundable replacement fee ($50) will be collected for a lost/stolen card.

Summer-specific U-PASS Notes

Distribution Policies

Paratransit Service for Eligible Students

Students who are unable to use fixed route public transportation due to a disability, may be eligible for the Paratransit Service, a shared ride program offered by the Regional Transit Authority (RTA).

The U-Pass program at UIC is available to eligible students who are Paratransit riders; however, students must be certified by the RTA in order to use the service. Students may be asked for the certification letter from RTA as proof of their certification to use Paratransit Service. Since the CTA’s U-PASS is not valid for travel on Paratransit, the ID Center and Disability Resource Center will consult with the student to provide an adequate number of PACE ADA One Ride Tickets.

An overview of the ADA Paratransit Service offered by the RTA and the application process can be found at www.rtachicago.com/accessibility/ada-paratransit-service-guidelines.html. Students should allow ample time for certification, as it may take up to a month to complete the process. For additional details, please contact the ID Center (312-413-5940) or the Disability Resource Center (312-413-2183).

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