Elementary & High School Students  


Both CTA and Pace offer special discounts for students.

Reduced fare Student Ventra Cards are available to students enrolled in elementary and high schools in the CTA and Pace service areas.


CTA Buses & Trains 


CTA offers a Student Reduced Fare on its bus and train services valid Monday through Friday from 5:30 AM through 8:30 PM. This fare is separate and costs less than the standard Reduced Fare offered to young children and certain adults, such as seniors and people with disabilities (click on the links below to learn more).

Students need to use a Student Ventra Card when boarding to get this special fare. Student Ventra Cards are issued by many schools, including all Chicago Public Schools. These Cards can also be ordered if your student’s school doesn’t issue them.  Visit your school office to determine if Student Ventra Cards are sold there.

Learn more about this program from the CTA.

Pace Buses & Call-n-Rides 


Pace offers a reduced rate to high school and younger students. In order to take advantage of this reduced fare, students will need to obtain a Student Ventra Card with the student entitlement (click on the links below to learn more).

Once students have their Card, they have several options. They can load directly to their account the Pace 30-Day Reduced Fare Pass that offers unlimited rides without school-hour restrictions, or simply add transit value to pay a reduced fare per ride during the school year. In addition, Pace offers a Pace Student Summer Haul Pass (valid June 1 – August 31).

Quick Links

For Parents and Students:

Click here for information about the Ventra Student Fare Program.

Click here to see if your school issues Student Ventra Cards.

If your school does not issue Student Ventra Cards and you need to order one for the first time, use this form.

If you have a card and need to renew the entitlement for the 2016-2017 school year, use this form.

If you need to order a replacement Student Ventra Card for the 2016-2017 school year, use this form.

For School Administrators:

Click here for information about the Ventra Student Fare Program.


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