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Fare Information

Ventra® is the fare payment system for Pace and the CTA. Riders are encouraged to get a Ventra Card and register a transit account at ventrachicago.com or by calling 1.877.NOW.VENTRA. Registered Ventra Card users can load multi-day passes and transit value to their card, and have their balance protected if the card is lost or stolen. Please note that transfers to/from other Pace and CTA fixed route buses and trains are only available using a Ventra Card.

A valid RTA Reduced Fare Permit or valid Student ID must be presented when using cash to pay a reduced fare. Eligible riders with a Ventra-compatible Reduced Fare Permit from the RTA are able to load reduced fare passes onto their Ventra cards and automatically ride fixed route buses at a reduced fare when they use the transit value in their Ventra account.

Passengers may use valid personal credit or debit cards to pay a fare, if the card is contactless (a.k.a. “tap” or N.F.C.). Transfers are not available using this fare payment type unless the card is registered with Ventra.

Please note that a valid or valid Student ID must be presented when using cash to pay a reduced fare. Eligible riders who get a Ventra-compatible Reduced Fare Permit automatically have a Ventra account with an entitlement. The entitlement enables riders to be eligible to load reduced fare products to their Ventra cards and automatically ride fixed route buses at a reduced fare when they use the transit value in their Ventra account.


Fare Type
Adult
Reduced**

Regular Fare

$  1.75

$  0.85

Pace Transfer to Regular/Local Route
(with Ventra transit value only)

$ 0.25

$  0.15

Pace Transfer to Premium Route
(with Ventra transit value only)

$ 2.50

$ 1.30

 

Fare Type
Adult
Reduced**

Local Fare

$  1.75

$  0.85


Local Transfer
(with Ventra Card in Waukegan, Elgin, Aurora, Joliet systems only)

FREE

FREE


Pace Transfer to Regular Fare Route
(with Ventra transit value only)

$  0.25

$  0.15

Pace Transfer to Premium Route
(with Ventra transit value only)

$ 2.50

$ 1.30

 

Fare Type
Adult
Reduced**

Premium Fare

$ 4.00

$ 2.00

(Express Service Network including Routes 755, 850, 851 and 855)

 

 


Pace Transfer to Regular/Local Route
(with Ventra transit value only)

$ 0.25

$  0.10

 

Fare Type
Adult
Reduced**

Express Service to Popular Destinations Fares

 

 

Wrigley Field

U.S.Cellular Field

Soldier Field

Six Flags Great America

Madison Stadium Express

$ 4.00

$ 2.00

Allstate Arena

Toyota Park

$ 1.75

$ 0.85

Pace Transfer to Regular/Local Route
(with Ventra transit value only)

$ 0.25

$  0.10

 

Fare Type
Adult
Reduced**

Free Fares

 

 

Children Under 7

FREE*

FREE*

Benefit Access enrollees

FREE

FREE

Active duty military personnel in uniform

FREE

FREE

Police officers and firefighters in full uniform
(if not in full uniform, badge and current ID card must be presented)

FREE

FREE

Route 905 (Schaumburg/Woodfield Trolley Service)

FREE

FREE

Niles Free Bus Routes 411, 412, and 413

FREE

FREE

 

 

Fare Type
Adult
Reduced**

Paratransit Fares

 

 

Call-n-Ride

$1.75

$0.85

Pace Transfer to Regular/Local Route
(with Ventra transit value or cash)
Note: West Joliet, Round Lake, St. Charles/Geneva and Vernon Hills/Mundelein Call-n-Rides offer free transfers to regular Pace routes.

$0.25

N/A

Pace Transfer to Premium Route
(with Ventra transit value only)

$ 2.50

$ 1.30


Dial-a-Ride

Fares vary based on community policy.


ADA Paratransit Service
(sold in books of ten for $30)

$ 3.00

N/A

 

Fare Type
Adult
Reduced**

Shuttle Route Fares

 

 

All Shuttle Bug Routes
(Employees at participating companies ride free with company-issued Ventra Card.)

$  1.75

N/A

 

Fare Type
Adult
Reduced**

Transit Passes

 

 

Pace/CTA 30-Day Pass

$ 100.00

$ 50.00

Pace/CTA 7-Day Pass

$ 33.00

N/A

Pace 30-Day Pass

$ 60.00

$ 30.00

Pace Premium 30-Day Pass (NEW! with Ventra)

$140.00

$70.00

Regional ADA Paratransit Ticket
(Book of 10)

$ 30.00

N/A

 

Fare Type
Adult
Reduced**

Student Passes

 

 


Student Summer Haul Pass***

$ 45.00

N/A


Campus Connection Pass

$ 175.00

N/A


Summer Campus Connection Pass***

$ 140.00

N/A

 

Fare Type
Adult
Reduced**

Metra Monthly Ticket Upgrades

 

 


Metra/Pace PlusBus Pass

$ 30.00

N/A

Monthly Metra Pass holders can purchase an unlimited ride pass to be used in conjunction with their monthly ticket good for travel on all Pace buses (except Premium routes). Pace buses connect with Metra trains at many stations.

The Metra PlusBus may be purchased when buying a Metra Monthly Ticket in person at the station, via internet by checking the one of the "Connecting Service" options, or when buying Metra tickets by mail.

Passengers whose employers offer a Transit Program may also be able to purchase Link-Up or PlusBus through their benefit provider.
 

 

Fare Type
Adult
Reduced**

Metra Link-Up Pass

$55.00

N/A

Monthly Metra Pass holders can purchase a Link-Up Pass to connect to Pace (except Premium routes) and CTA buses. CTA usage is restricted to the peak travel hours of 6 a.m.-9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Monday through Friday only.

The Metra Link-Up may be purchased when buying a Metra Monthly Ticket in person at the station, via internet by checking the one of the "Connecting Service" options, or when buying Metra tickets by mail.

Passengers whose employers offer a Transit Benefit Program may also be able to purchase Link-Up or PlusBus through their benefit provider. 

 

Footnotes:

*   When attended by fare-paying adult. Maximum of two children free per fare-paying adult. Under no circumstances will children under 7 years of age be permitted to travel alone

**  With RTA Reduced Fare Permit, grammar school or high school ID, or Ventra Student Permit.

NOTE: Reduced fare passes must be loaded to a Ventra account with the appropriate entitlement. The RTA Reduced Fare Permit is available to senior citizens and persons with disabilities only, and has the appropriate entitlement already applied to the rider’s Ventra account. The Pace Student Summer Haul Pass and Campus Connection are for students and valid on Pace only.

*** Summer passes are available for purchase from Ventra towards end of May.

 

Other Notes:

Please note that a surcharge is required when using Regular passes on Premium Fare routes, and must be paid for with Ventra transit value. The surcharge is $2.25 for adult riders, and $1.15 for Reduced Fare riders.

The Schaumburg Dial-a-Ride accepts cash and Schaumburg Dial-A-Ride Tickets. Visit their website for more information about fares and tickets. Transfer Vouchers to/from Pace fixed route services are available on board the Schaumburg Dial-A-Ride vehicle. Please ask the bus operator.

 

Pace accepts cash and Ventra (with transit value or eligible passes loaded onto it) on its fixed route and Call-n-Ride services. Pace does not accept CTA's 1-Day (Visitor Fun Pass), 3-Day, 7-Day or U-Pass. No Pace or CTA Employee Passes or fixed route fare media are accepted on Pace ADA Paratransit Service.

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