of Illinois at Chicago Office of Public Affairs (MC 288)
601 S. Morgan St., Chicago, IL 60607-7113, (312) 996-3456, www.uic.edu/depts/paff
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I never ride the CTA. Why can't I decline to participate in U-pass and
save the $75-per-semester fee?
A: U-pass is a mandatory benefit for all full-time
undergraduate students at UIC. The CTA can only afford to issue the
unlimited-ride U-pass if the campus collects the fee from all eligible
students. Only disabled students may apply for a waiver of participation
Are graduate students included?
A: No. Only full-time undergraduate students
at UIC will receive U-pass and be assessed a transportation fee to cover
the costs of the program.
Why were graduate students excluded?
A: Although graduate students participated
in the two referenda that demonstrated strong overall support for U-pass,
referendum results did not delineate graduate and undergraduate voters.
Elected representatives of graduate student government told us support
for U-pass was not as strong among graduate students.
Is U-pass accepted on Pace buses?
A: No, U-pass is a program of the CTA and
is only accepted on CTA buses and trains. Pace does not offer a similar
program. However, disabled students (the only eligible students who
may opt out of U-pass participation at UIC), whether they opt out of
U-pass or not, can apply to the Regional
Transportation Authority for reduced fares on CTA, Pace, and Metra rail.
How do I get my U-pass?
A: These details will be worked out in the
next few weeks. Even if you've never ridden CTA before, we hope your
U-pass encourages you to discover and enjoy Chicago's incomparable neighborhoods
and cultural attractions.
U-pass questions and answers are online.