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Pace recognizes that college students in the six-county suburban service area need affordable transportation. Pace's comprehensive system of bus routes, combined with the affordability of the Campus Connection pass, make travel to and from school less expensive and more convenient for students. You can use the RTA trip planner to find out which bus routes operate to and from your school.
The Campus Connection pass for college students is valid for an entire semester (5 months) but can be purchased at any point during the semester at a pro-rated price. This pass is valid for unlimited rides on Pace fixed route buses and Call-n-Rides every day of the week at any time of the day. Passes are valid for five months, August 1 through December 31 or January 1 through May 31. The Summer Campus Connection pass is available during the summer. The Summer Campus Connection pass is available during the summer.
Following is pricing information for the Campus Connection. Please note that the purchase price declines over the period of the semester:
The Pace Summer Campus Connection costs $140, regardless of when it is purchased. The Summer Campus Connection is valid June 1 – August 31.
How to Buy
FALL 2013 UPDATE: College students wishing to buy the Fall 2013 Pace Campus Connection should buy the magnetic stripe pass from the Pace Online Store, certain college campuses, or via Pace’s Ticket-by-Mail Program (download the order form*). That magnetic stripe pass is valid through the end of 2013. NOTE: Campus Connection Pass will not be shipped if you do not provide the student ID number! Please be sure to enter your school name and student ID number in Special Instructions area at the bottom of billing info.
Beginning January 2014, a college student will need to load their Campus Connection pass to a Ventra Card with a college entitlement applied to his/her transit account, and use the Ventra Card to ride.
Please see this explanation for how students can obtain that entitlement.
Students should use this form to obtain the college entitlement.
Both versions of the Campus Connection are deeply discounted passes which make college student transportation more affordable. Proof of enrollment is required at time of purchase, and when the pass is used.
U-Pass information: The CTA U-Pass is distributed to all students at certain colleges. It is valid for unlimited rides on CTA. It is NOT valid for rides on Pace. However, users of the U-Pass Ventra Card can add transit value to his/her account and use that value to pay for Pace rides. U-Pass holders are automatically entitled to purchase the Pace Campus Connection Pass and load it onto their U-Pass Ventra Card.
It is possible that your Campus Connection pass costs may be included in your student loans or financial aid package. For more info click here.