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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 regular fixed route buses and Call-n-Rides every day of the week at any time of the day. The pass is only valid on Pace Premium routes if the rider pays a surcharge ($2.25 per trip) using Ventra™ transit value. The Campus Connection Pass is 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.
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
2014 UPDATE: The magnetic stripe Campus Connection pass is no longer available from the Pace Online Store or any sales outlet. Beginning in January 2014, a college student needs to load the 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, depending on whether the student already has a Ventra Card.
Students whose schools don’t distribute Ventra Cards directly to students should use this form to obtain the college entitlement.
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.