CTA increases fares for students

The agency says it's still the cheapest rate out there

March 14, 2013

(Flickr/Metropolitan Planning Council)

The Chicago Transit Authority voted Wednesday to raise the cost of public transportation for university students.

The U-Pass, which allows students to ride for $.81 a day, will increase to $1.07.

While that's a 32 percent increase, the CTA says it’s still the most discounted fare available.

Kellie Slappey is a law student at Loyola University in Chicago. She says for students, any increase in fares can be hard, but that $1.07 per day is still a great deal compared to $2.25 per ride.

UPasses will also shift over to the Ventra card, which the CTA plans to implement this summer.

With the current system, students have to buy different passes if they stay in Chicago when school's not in session. But with the Ventra card, students will be able to use the same card all year, and the system will know when to charge student discounts.

The CTA estimates it will make an additional $8 million each year from the increase. A CTA spokeswoman says the increased fares will help with operational costs.

In 2012, UPass offered student fares to 52 colleges.

The CTA says it won’t raise U-Pass prices again until at least 2018.

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