Active Transportation

Active Transportation @ UIC

There are so many ways to get to, from, and around UIC! We have posted information about the most common forms of alternative transportation to this website. And by “alternative transportation”, we mean anything that gets you from point A to point B without driving in a car by yourself. If you are a student, make sure you take advantage of all the great services that the UIC Commuter Student Resource Center provides!

Note that UIC Office of Facilities Information Management publishes maps of the West and East Sides that include locations of bike racks, CTA train stations, CTA bus stops and other information.

 

Bicycling

Car-Sharing

Buses

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Click on the icons to learn more

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UIC Multimodal Transportation Plan

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning’s Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program and the Active Transportation Alliance are helping UIC embark on an interactive, community-based process to create a multimodal transportation plan.  The transportation recommendations of UIC’s 2010 Campus Master Plan will serve as the framework to examine current conditions and plan future improvements. The intent of the multimodal transportation plan is to improve the flow of pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles in and around campus to better serve the needs of all travelers, including persons with disabilities.

This planning process has been developed in collaboration with the UIC Office of Sustainability and the Campus Master Plan Implementation Committee and will take place over the next 12 months. More information about the project can be found at the CMAP website.


Biking

UIC was recently announced as a Bike Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists. The BFU program recognizes institutions of higher education for promoting and providing a more bikeable campus for students, staff, and visitors. The Bicycle Friendly University program evaluates applicants’ efforts to promote bicycling in five primary areas: engineering, encouragement, education, enforcement, and evaluation/planning.  The requirements for this award, as well as a list of all bike friendly universities, can be found here.  You can learn all about riding your bike to UIC on our comprehensive bike page.

Buses

There are two different types of buses that service the UIC community: the public CTA buses and the UIC shuttles buses.

CTA Buses

You can find all the information you want on the Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) website regarding bus schedules. Use the CTA Bus Tracker site to see exact locations of the bus stops. Keep an eye out for these lines that have stop directly within UIC property: #7 Harrison, #8 Halsted, #9 Ashland, #12 Roosevelt, #50 Damen, #60 Blue Island/ 26th, and the #157 Streeterville/ Taylor.

All full-time UIC students receive a U-Pass granting unlimited access to Chicago Transit Authority bus service during the semester. Students are assessed a one-time, per-semester fee, so why not take advantage of it?

Staff and Faculty at UIC are eligible for the Transit Benefit Program, which allows individuals to pay for transit services using pre-tax dollars. The benefit can be applied to the CTAMetra, or Pace transit systems. Please visit the UIC NESSIE webpage to enroll.

  CTA Buses that service the UIC Community

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Clicking on the image will take you to the CTA Bus Tracker map website. Once there, click on the “routes” button on the upper-right side of the map and add your bus routes to where the buses are in real time.

UIC Buses

There are two types of bus service that the UIC Department of Transportation provides for the UIC community. The Intracampus Bus Service provides free transportation for students, faculty, and staff to various points on campus. UIC currently runs free intracampus and commuter shuttles to connect both sides of campus to the Metra and Amtrak stations in the West Loop of Chicago. Check the UIC Facilities Management Bus Service website for more details such as schedules and route maps.

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Intracampus Bus Service

The Intracampus Bus Service provides free transportation for students, faculty, and staff to various points on campus. For information on routes and hours of operation, please visit the Intracampus Buspage.

Commuter Service

The Commuter bus runs, free of charge, between the Metra rail hubs along Clinton Street and campus from 7:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Two buses will be operating along the route, which should result in an estimated frequency of 20-minute intervals. Service will continue subject to funding. Should the service discontinue due to buget constraints, appropriate advance notice will be made.

For more information on the Commuter Bus and information on transportation alternatives, please visit the Commuter Service page.

UIC Shuttle Route 

 

 

Car-Share

i-Carpool

If you already own a car and have purchased a parking pass on campus, consider finding a fellow student or colleague to share your commute. For the driver, this can save a lot of annual costs on fuel or parking. For the passenger, this is another way to get to campus (along with Public Transit or Bicycling), and might be the only option, depending on where you live. If you carpool regularly with the same people, you can arrange to share a parking pass by indicating this on the parking pass sign-up form. For inquiries, call Campus Parking at (312) 413-5800.

To facilitate safer carpooling within the community, UIC has partnered with a ride-matching service, iCarpool, to allow anyone with a uic.edu address to either find or offer a ride to and from campus. This social-networking style service allows people with variable schedules to find a ride-match since you can input your schedule for each day you commute. You could also use it to find rides home for the weekend or for travel to Champaign or Springfield for business.

I-GO and Zipcar Car-Share

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Car-sharing is an excellent complement to someone who solely uses public transit or bicycles, but may need to use a larger vehicle from time to time. This is a membership system in which users set up on-demand short-term car rentals based on a set rate. That rate includes all transportation costs like fuel, insurance and overnight parking fees.

UIC students, staff and faculty can become Zipcar members at a special discounted rate, and take advantage of Zipcar vehicles parked on the campus. Zipcars are available throughout Chicago and in many other cities.

I-GO Car Sharing is a non-profit car-sharing service based in Chicago. The UIC community is also eligible for a discount, and many I-GO vehicles are on or near the UIC campus.

CTA “L” Trains

All full-time UIC students receive a U-Pass granting unlimited access to Chicago Transit Authority  “L” train during the semester. Students are assessed a one-time, per-semester fee, so why not take advantage of it?

Staff and Faculty at UIC are eligible for the Transit Benefit Program, which allows individuals to pay for transit services using pre-tax dollars. The benefit can be applied to the CTAMetra, or Pace transit systems. Please visit the UIC NESSIE webpage to enroll.

The two lines that directly service the UIC area are the Blue and Pink Lines. Click on the image to learn more.

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Clicking on the image will take you to the CTA train tracker website, to see train arrivals in real time

 

Walking

Walking can be one of the quickest and healthiest ways to get around campus. The map below estimates walking time on the east side of UIC.

However, when walking in any major metropolitan city, be aware of your surroundings. The UIC Police recommend to be aware of the people walking behind you and next to you, and if at any time you feel uncomfortable, cross the street. It’s tempting to text, talk on the phone or listen to music while walking around campus, but you’re safest when you don’t. After hours, students, faculty, and staff can call (312) 996-2830 to request an escort to walk them to their campus destination. Please visit the UIC Police Student Escort website for more information.

 

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