Chicago CTA Fare Changes
Fares paid with Chicago Card Plus, Chicago Cards, and Transit Cards, unless otherwise noted.
CTA is introducing a new Student Reduced Fare for elementary and high school students. The Student Reduced Fare is valid on school days only, between 5:30am and 8:30pm. Student Reduced Fare is valid for children (ages 7-11), and for high school students (ages 12-20) with a valid CTA Student Riding Permit.
The fare remains unchanged for all riders presenting Chicago Cards, Chicago Card Plus cards, passes and reduced fares at O’Hare Blue Line Station. For riders presenting all other fare media at the O’Hare Blue Line Station, the fare will be $5.
The #128 Soldier Field Express is a service jointly managed by CTA and Metra, scheduled to operate for all Chicago Bears home games at Soldier Field, and other agreed-upon events. Service operates closed-door from West Loop Metra stations to Soldier Field. Current discounted one-way fare will be replaced with a flat $5 round-trip fare for all regular riders and $2.50 for reduced fare riders. Revised fares will begin with first pre-season game of the 2013 Bears Season.
New Student Reduced Fare
CTA is introducing a new Student Reduced Fare program for elementary and high school students. Previously, students qualified for regular reduced fares, but now will qualify for a new, lower student fare. In addition, the program, which previously covered students ages 12 to 20, is being expanded to cover elementary and high school students ages 7 to 20.
Student reduced fares are valid on school days only between 5:30am and 8:30pm. Eligibility for the student reduced fare is limited to full-time students, ages 7 to 20, for trips to and from regular day classes (including work-study programs and on-campus extracurricular activities) at a public, parochial or private elementary or high school, on days when school is in session.
Students ages 7 to 11 do not need a CTA Student Riding Permit to qualify for the student reduced fare.
High school students ages 12 to 20 must present a valid CTA Student Riding Permit when paying their fare to qualify for the student reduced fare.
One Ride: 75¢
First Transfer Use: 15¢
(within two hours of initial ride)
Second Transfer Use: FREE
(within two hours of initial ride)
Outside of the hours when the student reduced fare is in effect, children ages 7 to 11 pay a reduced fare, while children over 12 years of age pay a full fare.
How to Pay Your Student Fare
Student reduced fares may be paid with magnetic stripe Student Reduced Fare Transit Cards or Student Riding Permits on both bus and rail lines. In addition, student reduced fares may be paid with cash on bus only.
Student Reduced Fare Transit Cards pre-loaded with fare value will be available from CTA’s online Fare Media Store or from retail locations including select Currency Exchanges, Jewel and Dominick’s food stores, CVS Pharmacies, and Walgreens. (A full list of retail locations is available on transitchicago.com.) Student Reduced Fare Transit Cards with no value may be obtained from rail station Customer Assistants.
The Student Riding Permit required for high school students ages 12 to 20 is a stored-value Transit Card in addition to being a permit. The Permit may be used along with a Student Reduced Fare Transit Card, or the fare value may be added and stored directly on the Student Riding Permit.
Rail customers with cash must add value to a Student Reduced Fare Transit Card or a Student Riding Permit at rail station vending machines. Turnstiles do not accept cash, and there is no way to pay a student reduced fare without a Student Reduced Fare Transit Card or Student Riding Permit.
More information and information in Spanish (información en español):
PDF BrochureStudent Reduced Fare Program / Programa de pasajes estudiantiles a tarifa reducida (.pdf)