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Update: U-Pass usage during winter break

Loyola Students,

As winter break approaches, we wanted to make sure that all students currently eligible for the CTA/Ventra U-Pass know some important information pertaining to the usage of their U-Pass. It is our hope that this information will provide some clarity to some questions that you may have as the end of the semester/term approaches. *Please note that this letter only applies to those students that are currently eligible for the U-Pass.

Please be aware that you can continue to use your Ventra U-Pass when school is not in session, but you will need to load separate funds on it because your unlimited riding privileges are only available when school is in session. Please see the chart for more information on when the U-Pass portion will turn-off and turn-on.


U-Pass Turn-Off

Spring 2014 Turn-On*

Undergrad and Graduate Students

December 17, 2013

January 13, 2014


December 20, 2013

January 21, 2014

Graduate Business

December 15, 2013

January 13, 2014

One of the conveniences of Ventra is that you can continue to use the same U-Pass card when school is out of session. During those periods, your U-Pass card will function just like a normal Ventra Card. However, you must add funds to your account and your U-Pass functions like a regular Ventra Card instead of receiving the U-Pass unlimited riding privileges over winter break. You will be charged full fares for your rides ($2.25 for rail and $2 for bus) during school breaks. This practice replaces the need to use a separate fare card when school is not in session.

It’s easy and convenient to add money to your Ventra card. You can add funds or load an unlimited-ride 1-day, 3-day, 7-day, or 30-day pass online at www.VentraChicago.com if you have a registered transit account; at any Ventra vending machine located at CTA rail stations, and at hundreds of participating retail locations (visit www.VentraChicago.com to find a location near you).

Your Ventra U-Pass unlimited riding privilege automatically resumes when your next full-time term begins. Your transit account must be in good standing prior to your next qualifying term for U-Pass.

Also, please do not discard or lose your U-Pass or there is a $50 replacement cost for a new card. The card is valid for five years from the date of issuance (i.e. August), and a new card is no longer issued every term.

You can replace your U-Pass over the break at the Damen Student Center Information Desk on the Lake Shore Campus. Please reference the Damen Student Center website for the Information Desk’s winter break hours. Unfortunately, you will not be able to order a replacement U-Pass at the Water Tower Campus from December 18–January 12.

More information about how U-Pass functions when school is out of session can be found at www.transitchicago.com/upass or by calling 877.669.8368.

We wish you all Happy Holidays!


Loyola’s U-Pass Team

*You must be registered as a full-time student to qualify for turn-on. Full-time hours are as follows: 12 credit hours as an undergraduate, 8 graduate credit hours as a graduate, and 6 Graduate Business Hours in the Quinlan School of Business Graduate (MBA) programs. Please see the FAQ page for more information.