The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration’s Student Government Association reported that the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) U-Pass Initiative passed in the affirmative with an eighty-one percent majority vote on November 9, 2013. The U-Pass is a type of fare card that allows full-time students unlimited rides on CTA buses and trains for a reduced price.
Four hundred and thirty-four students were eligible to vote. This included full-time Master’s and Doctoral students. At least two-thirds, (66 percent) of eligible students needed to cast a vote in order for the vote to be considered representative. Of the two-thirds majority, 51 percent of students needed to vote in the affirmative for the initiative to pass.
The following is breakdown of the results:
- Eligible full time students: 434 (100%)
- Students who voted: 323 (76%)
- Students who voted YES: 261 (81%)
- Students who voted NO: 62 (19%)
As a result of the vote, SSA’s Dean of Students Office signed a U Pass contract with the CTA. The CTA U-Pass is scheduled to be available for students effective Spring Quarter, 2014.
SSA is the first school at the University of Chicago to vote in favor of the CTA U-Pass and offer it to their students.
For more information about the U-Pass, please visit the CTA.