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Student Haul Pass/Ventra™ Transition Information

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Pace no longer sells the magnetic stripe Student Haul Pass nor the Reduced Fare 10-Ride Plus ticket.

High school and younger students can ride Pace routes at a reduced rate and have several options available. Daily riders may want to buy a Pace 30-Day Reduced Fare Pass. This pass costs $30 and is loaded to your Ventra™ Student Card. 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 (see below for details on how to do that). Less frequent riders can still get a discount on Pace rides by using their Ventra Student Cards and loading value to the transit account to pay per ride.
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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 and is sold only to Ventra accountholders with the student entitlement.

As Pace and CTA have transitioned to the Ventra system, please see the instructions below that apply to your situation:

For students who do not have a Ventra Card: You can get a Card in one of two ways. First, click here to see if your school is on the list of schools that directly distributes Cards to its students. If your school is on that list, see your school's administrator for information on how to get a new Ventra Student Card. If your school does not give out Cards directly, you can request a new student Card. To do so, use this order form to order a Card directly from Ventra. Your new card will be mailed to your school, where you can pick it up. Please note that if you try to use the gray version of a Ventra Card with the MasterCard logo, you can’t get the student entitlement applied to that Card. You should instead request a new Ventra Student Card so you can get the discounted rides.

For students who had a Ventra Student Card but lost it: You can get a replacement Card in one of two ways. First, click here to see if your school is on the list of schools that directly distributes Cards to its students. If your school is on that list, see your school's administrator for information on how to get a replacement Ventra Student Card. If your school does not give out Cards directly, you can request a replacement student Card. To do so, use this order form (and pay special attention to the “Ordering a Replacement?” section) to order a Card directly from Ventra. Your replacement card will be mailed to your school, where you can pick it up. Please note that if you try to use the gray version of a Ventra Card with the MasterCard logo, you can’t get the student entitlement applied to that Card. You should instead request a new Ventra Student Card so you can get the discounted rides.

For students who still have a Ventra Student Card from the previous school year: You need to get your existing Card “re-entitled”. The schools on this list have already informed Ventra if you are still enrolled, so if your school is on that list, you don’t need to do anything. If your school is NOT on that list, print and fill out Section I of this order form and then bring it to your school administrator. The administrator will fill out Section II and then you send the form to Ventra. Please note that if your existing Ventra Card is the gray version with the MasterCard logo, you can’t get the student entitlement applied to that Card. You should instead request a new Ventra Student Card so you can get the discounted rides.

To learn more about Ventra, please visit ventrachicago.com.

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 Student cardholders 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 who want to order a quantity of Cards and distribute them to students can learn more here and the join the program 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.

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.

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