Loyola University Chicago

CTA U-Pass

Pass Not Working

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There could be a couple of reasons why a students' U-Pass does not function as it is supposed to. Most all of these reasons are very apparent and can be solved through troubleshooting or speaking with Ventra Chicago or Loyola University Chicago U-Pass representatives.

Card Activation

All students with new or replacement cards must activate them before use.

1) Activate your Ventra U-Pass by calling 1-877-450-5328. You MUST call to activate the card or it will not work properly. You will need your U-Pass and your Student ID to complete this procedure.

2) If you are a new U-Pass cardholder or an existing cardholder who has not registered your card yet, go online to  www.ventrachicago.com (recommended) or call 1-877-669-8368 and follow the prompts.  You will need your U-Pass and Student ID to complete this process. Replacement U-Pass requests can skip this step if they have previously registered their card.

3) Your card will work approximately 20 minutes after completing these steps.

Eligibility

All students must be eligible to receive the U-Pass for the card to work during any semester/term. Students must be enrolled in 12 credit hours (undergraduate), 8 credit hours (graduate, LAW), and 6 graduate credit hours (QGBUS) to qualify for the U-Pass. The U-Pass portion of the fare card will NOT activate until these credit hour requirements have been met. Please see U-Pass Eligibility for more information. 

Negative Balances

When the U-Pass is not "turned on" (summer and winter breaks), the U-Pass can be used as a traditional fare card. Students need to load money on to their card for this portion of the card to work. If a student chooses to use the pass during non-U-Pass activation times, and without placing money on to the card, they will incur a negative balance on the card. Negative balances are the NUMBER ONE reason that passes might not work during U-Pass activation times. 

It is the responsibility of the student to pay for any negative balances that might have been incurred as a result of using the pass without placing funds on the card. If an account has a negative balance at the time the U-Pass portion of the pass is set to turn on, the U-Pass portion of the pass WILL NOT activate. 

To correct negative balances:

1)    Verify your U-Pass entitlement is active at the Ventra website by typing in your card number and expiration date located on the back of your Ventra U-Pass).  

2)    While there, also verify your card does not have a negative balance. Listed in the center of the page.  New CTA procedures deactivate U-Pass entitlement with as little as -$2.50. To correct negative balances:

a)    Add funds to bring the balance to $0.00 at any Ventra machine, located at major EL stops.  If you registered your card with Ventra, you can also go to the Ventra website to bring the balance to $0.00

b)    If you feel the charges are in error and occurred when the U-Pass benefit was active then please call Ventra Customer Service to discuss with Ventra.  They are available at 1-877-669-8368. Dial 1 for English or 2 for Spanish, then 0 (zero) for a Ventra Customer Service representative Mon – Fri 6:00am-8:00pm and Sat 8:00am -4:00pm.

Damage

If a card becomes damaged because of circumstances beyond a students' doing (i.e. cracks in cold weather, no longer scanning at the turnstile), students have two options.  must visit Ventra Chicago Headquarters at 165 N. Jefferson Chicago, IL to request a waiver for the damaged fee. The student will receive a complimentary 7 day CTA pass, but will still need to order the pass at one of the (2) Service Locations at Loyola. 

Damage can also occur by the alteration of any pass by the student. Students should not puncture (hole punch), launder, or alter their pass in any way. This will affect the use of the pass. Ventra Chicago will not waive the $50 replacement fee on account of a student altering their U-Pass in the ways described above. 

If your card is damge is not caused by any of the reasons listed above:

1)    For a no cost replacement: Visit Ventra Customer Service at 165 N. Jefferson Ave, Mon -Fri 8:00am-4:30pm. If Ventra determines the card is not damaged, they will issue a 7-day transit pass and a Ventra Defective Card Replacement Form. Bring the form  to the Terry Student Center or Damen Student Center Information Desk so they can order a replacement U-Pass free of charge. Please remember to:

a)   Verify the card is no longer scanning at all. Ventra Customer Service will not issue a replacement if you have insufficient funds or you are not eligible for a U-Pass that term.

b)   If you card is damaged or mutilated in any way, for example punching a hole in the card, then Ventra Customer Service will not replace the card and you will need to order a replacement with the normal $50.00 replacement fee. Loyola University Chicago does not control this process,  Ventra has sole discresion forissuing no cost replacements of damaged card.

2)    To pay for a replacement: Go to the Terry Student Center or Damen Student Center Information Desk and order a replacement U-Pass for $50.00. Without the Ventra Defective Card Replacement form, a damaged card is considered lost or stolen and the full replacement cost applies. Loyola does not have the authority to issue a free replacement U-Pass without the replacement form and does not have 7-day transit passes available.