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Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Alternative Transportation

Loyola University Chicago seeks to provide efficient, convenient, and safe transportation options for students, staff and visitors.  The urban setting of the Lake Shore and Water Tower Campuses provide a wealth of transit options including train, bus, bicycle, pedestrian, and car. While the University meets all parking requirements mandated by the City of Chicago, due to our urban location, there can be limited access to convenient parking locations.

Loyola encourages the reduction of single occupancy vehicle trips to campus through alternative transportation modes such as; public transit, Metra, Pace, and ride sharing. Additionally we encourage healthy commuting options like walking and bicycling. Increased use of alternative commuting options improves the quality of life on campus, strengthens our ties to our neighboring community, and reduces impacts on the environment.

Studies have shown that travel accounts for 30 to 50 percent of colleges' and universities' greenhouse gas emissions. And Loyola does well when compared with other universities.

Current Sustainable Transportation Options

On this page you will find brief descriptions of Loyola's transportation options.

Public Transportation

Students: The Chicao Transit Authority (CTA) U-Pass allows Loyola students to conveniently commute around the city via the CTA at a discounted rate. During the 2008–2009 academic year, Loyola students took 2 million rides using U-Pass.

Staff and Faculty: Loyola employees are encouraged to make pre-tax contributions to their CTA travel cards or to purchase an RTA voucher to travel on public transportation trains and buses. Each month, the employee’s pre-tax amount is deducted through payroll and automatically added to their Chicago Card Plus, Chicago Card, and/or CTA Card. The RTA voucher may be used to purchase Metra fare media, including monthly passes, weekly passes, 10-ride passes, and Pace link-ups.


Bike Loyola and Bike Chicago is a theme that resonates with ChainLinks, the on-campus, student-run bike rental and repair shop.  ChainLinks, launched in August of 2011 is one of the enterprises that make up Loyola Limited.

Loyola's two lake shore campuses are conveniently located along multiple bike routes. Protected bike cages and bike racks on both lakeshore campuses make city biking a popular, easy, and safe option for students.

With over 50% of students living less than one mile from campus, biking is a popular choice. We have some popular bike routes and nearby locations to visit.

Workshops such as Pedal Around are offered to students, staff and faculty that discuss safe and smart cycling in urban settings. Bringing in partners such as the Chicago Bike Ambassadors to integrate hands-on safety demonstrations and techniques plus bicycle route planning to the workshops gives attendees confidence and knowledge for best riding practices.

Car Sharing

Loyola has a partnership with Chicago's non-profit car-sharing organization, I-GO. A great affordable transportation option that convenient, accessible parking spots at both the Water Tower and Lake Shore campuses.

Loyola's discounted annual enrollment fee is $25—a significant savings to Loyola employees and students.

ZipCar is another option for car-sharing, with cars located very close to Lake Shore and Water Tower Campuses.

Car-sharing provides individuals and organizations with automated, self-service, 24-hour access to a decentralized fleet of vehicles. Rates include gas, insurance, cleaning, and maintenance. A rental car can be reserved online at a moment's notice.

Campus Shuttles

At Loyola, all students, faculty, and staff are eligible to ride the inter-campus shuttle. The shuttle operates Monday through Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., during the academic year when school is in session. On average, 3,000 riders use this mode of transportation on any given day.

Loyola's Biodiesel Program powers these shuttle busses between the Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses.

The 8-RIDE service is the University’s safe-ride program. 8-RIDE is responsible for getting students, faculty, and staff who live within a 1.5-mile radius of the Lake Shore Campus to their homes, both quickly and safely. The University runs four to six vans on any given night, providing an average of 325 rides per night. The hours of operation when school is in session are Monday through Sunday starting at 6:30 p.m and the last call is taken at 2:15 a.m.


Our neighborhoods offer plenty of safe, accessible sidewalks for everyone to enjoy. During the summer of 2012, Human Resources sponsored a University Walking Challenge.  Loyola employees logged a total of 50,600 miles over the course of 10 weeks. We hgihlighted several walking routes on and around each campus, with measured distances of short, medium and long routes.  The maps are for Lake Shore Campus neighborhood and Water Tower Campus neighborhood.


Institute of Environmental Sustainability
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Chicago, IL 60660 · Phone: 773-508-2130 · IES@luc.edu

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