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Student Haul Pass/Ventra™ Transition Information
Pace no longer sells the magnetic stripe Student Haul Pass.
Starting in November 2013, high school and younger students are able to load a Pace 30-Day Reduced Fare Pass to a Ventra Card. This pass costs $30 and is sold through Ventra. It offers unlimited rides on Pace regular routes and Call-n-Rides, without school-hour restrictions. To load this reduced fare pass to a Ventra account, a student will need to obtain a Ventra Card with the student entitlement.
Ventra also offers the Pace Student Summer Haul Pass, good for unlimited rides on Pace between June 1 and August 31. This pass costs $45.00 and is sold only to Ventra accountholders with the student entitlement.
Please see these instructions for information on obtaining a student entitlement. Students whose schools do not distribute Ventra Cards directly to students should use this form to order a Card. Your Ventra Card will be mailed to the school you attend.
A surcharge of $1.15, which must be paid for using Ventra transit value, will apply when using the 30-Day Reduced Fare Pass on Pace Premium routes. Ventra cardholders with a student entitlement can, in addition to buying the 30-Day Reduced Fare Pass, load transit value and pay a reduced fare for each ride, but only on school days between 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and only for travel to and from school.
Administrators of elementary, middle and high schools (outside the Chicago Public Schools system) can also choose to participate in the process of delivering Ventra Cards to students. See this explanation of the two ways in which Ventra distributes student Cards. Administrators who want to order a quantity of Cards and distribute them to students can do so via this order form. Administrators who don’t wish to order Cards on behalf of students are asked to hand over Cards which have been ordered individually by their students and mailed to the school.
To learn more about Ventra, please visit ventrachicago.com.
Students who pay cash fares on the bus are eligible to ride for a reduced fare, but only on school days between 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and only for travel to and from school. The bus operator may ask for a student ID to confirm eligibility for the reduced fare. However, the 30-Day Reduced Fare Pass offers students this great value all day, every day, regardless of trip purpose. A surcharge of $1.15, which must be paid for using Ventra transit value, will apply when using the 30-Day Reduced Fare Pass on Pace Premium routes.
Some Pace bus routes have special trips designed to serve schools at the beginning and end of the school day. See the timetables posted on Pace’s website and pay special attention to the footnotes.