CTA Upass Initiative Passed

Release Date: 
Monday, March 10, 2014

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.

View a video of the SSA SGA tallying the votes. 


For more information about the U-Pass, please visit the CTA.