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Transportation

Here are some updates and reminders about getting to and from, and around campus, as you resume in-person activities:

UGo Shuttles

The University’s free UGo shuttles that travel on and around the greater campus area are operating on their normal Summer Quarter schedules for both day and nighttime, except on University-observed holidays. To track any of the UGo shuttles, as well as CTA buses that operate on or near campus, use the TransLoc app.

To support health and safety, all riders must wear a mask, and enhanced cleaning of shuttles is also in effect. Learn more in the University’s latest Transportation & Parking Guide.

Please remember you must tap your University ID to use these shuttles.

All drivers and passengers – including those who are vaccinated — must wear a mask. (Although the UChicago shuttle system is privately owned, we are following federal guidelines for public transit, which apply to travel on airplanes, trains, subways, buses, taxis, ride-shares, and other forms of transportation.) Enhanced cleaning of shuttles is also in effect.

Public Transportation (CTA and Metra)

CTA buses that serve campus and the surrounding area are all operating. Learn more about the bus routes on and near campus. For specific routes, schedules, and wait times, visit transitchicago.com.

CTA and Metra rail services near campus are also all operating. Learn more about trains that operate near campus. Visit transitchicago.com for schedules for CTA trains near campus, metrarail.com for schedules for Metra lines near campus, and nictd.com for South Shore Line schedules.

There are several ways to help protect yourself and slow the spread of COVID-19 when using public transportation, including getting vaccinated against the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also offers several suggested actions when using different modes of transportation. This includes wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, avoiding touching surfaces to the extent possible, and practicing hand hygiene. (Wearing a mask on public transportation is both a federal and State of Illinois mandate.) In addition, both the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and Metra are taking steps to help limit the spread of the virus, including enhanced cleaning of buses, trains, and stations; helping make sure air circulation is efficient; encouraging social distancing, and limiting capacity. You can learn more about CTA’s safety efforts in this one-pager or more detailed brochure and about Metra’s precautions.

Parking

Permit holders who canceled their monthly parking while they were working remotely and want to begin monthly parking through payroll deductions again or who need to get a monthly parking permit for the first time should email parking@uchicago.edu.

For those who are working a hybrid schedule and are not on campus five days a week, but are interested in monthly parking, the University now offers the option to park at the Ellis Garage and be charged for one, two, or three days per week. To do this, you must select a designated day or days of the week, and once you make your selection, refunds or exchanges will not be permitted. To learn more about this option, please contact parking@uchicago.edu.

Learn more about campus parking options.

Commuter Benefits (HealthEquity/WageWorks)

If you discontinued your commuter benefits (HealthEquity/WageWorks) during the pandemic or want to take advantage of this benefit for the first time, you can enroll or re-enroll at the HealthEquity (WageWorks) website. You can learn more about this benefit, which allows benefits-eligible employees the opportunity to pay for certain commuting expenses tax-free through payroll deductions, on the UChicago Intranet’s Commuter Benefits page. Those who would like to use the benefit for September transit must enroll/re-enroll by Aug. 10.

If you have been exposed to or test positive for COVID-19, promptly report to C19HealthReport@uchicago.edu, even if you have not been on campus.