Travel is a critical part of University life, as Loyola students, faculty, and staff move to and from campus, between campuses, and to other locations to conduct University business. But travel of all kinds carries a greater risk during the COVID-19 pandemic, and members of the Loyola community are urged to take precautions and plan all travel accordingly following University guidelines as well as recommendations of the city, state, and national governments.
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Public TransportationWe recognize that many students, faculty, and staff rely on public transportation to commute to Loyola. As of November 2020, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) advises riders to limit travel on its bus and rail system to “essential trips only” (e.g. medical appointments, trips to the pharmacy, accessing essential work locations, etc.) and discourages all non-essential CTA use. If possible, you should consider alternate methods of transportation, such as driving, walking, or cycling, as these activities present reduced health risks and fewer potential challenges than taking public transit.
If public transportation is necessary for someone to get to campus, there are safety precautions a person should take during and after riding on a bus or train. The CTA has put together a list of policies and safety tips for riders to follow when using their services. All riders are required (per state order) to wear face coverings when on a CTA bus or train, to touch as few surfaces as possible, and to practice social distancing.
Loyola community members who use public transportation to commute to and from campus can play an important part in protecting the campus community by taking safety precautions. Commuters who arrive on any Loyola campus should practice social distancing and immediately wash their hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer before touching common surfaces or entryways. These actions demonstrate care for the Loyola community and can help reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread.
For more CTA policies and commuter tips, as well as information on how the CTA has implemented enhanced cleaning procedures to keep riders and employees safe, please visit transitchicago.com/coronavirus/#tips.
For those commuting from the Chicagoland suburbs using the Metra, please Metra’s Response to the COVID-19 Crisis for safety tips and policies at metrarail.com/coronavirus.
For general information on public transportation safety during COVID-19, including safety tips for rideshare vehicles, view the CDC website’s public transit information.
Personal TravelThroughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Loyola has prioritized the health, safety, and well-being of our entire community. As a University community for and with others, we continue to monitor closely with apprehension the surge in positive COVID-19 cases across the city of Chicago, state of Illinois, and the country. Because of a significant increase in the number of cases and hospitalizations in Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and city public health officials announced a stay-at-home advisory that went into effect on Monday, November 16.
Out of an abundance of care and concern for our wider community, nation, and world, we are advising Loyola students, faculty, and staff to either refrain from or limit non-essential travel if feasible. Personal travel increases one’s risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself and others is to stay home with your immediate household or visit with family virtually. If you choose to gather with others, we ask that you follow the CDC's recommendations—stay in small groups, practice social distancing, wear masks, and gather outdoors if possible.
If traveling in and out of Chicago, compliance with Chicago’s Emergency Travel Order, which is regularly updated, is required. Please note that this travel order was recently revised with an added tier of restrictions.
If you live elsewhere and decide traveling outside of your community is essential, please consider the potential risks and take protective measures before, during, and after your trip. Consider completing a two-week quarantine and getting tested prior to departure. Research COVID-19 trends in that city and/or state before confirming travel plans. If COVID-19 is spreading near your travel destination or in the area in which you currently reside, the CDC advises travelers to postpone their plans. This situation is very fluid; states may decide to enact mandatory travel restrictions like a quarantine period for travelers.
If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, follow CDC guidance and contact your health care provider, isolate at home, and cancel any travel plans. Also, do not travel if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the preceding 14 days. Even if you have received a negative test, people who have been exposed need to quarantine in their homes for 14 days.
Many students have inquired about Loyola’s testing availability ahead of travel. While limited appointments for PCR testing for travel are available, the Wellness Center unfortunately is unable to accommodate the volume of exit testing for most students at this time. Those who would like to get tested ahead of traveling are encouraged to do so at off-campus testing sites. A list of local testing sites can be found here.
It is also important to consider the health of your travel companions and those you are visiting. Especially if any of these people fall into a high-risk group, you should rethink travel at this time. All transportation methods—air travel, personal vehicle, train, etc.—present different types of risk. The CDC has information on travel considerations that can help you take measures to protect yourself and others, including information on lodging considerations. When you are traveling, practice health safety behaviors that reduce the transmission of COVID-19 like wearing face coverings, frequently washing hands, using hand sanitizer, and keeping six feet or more from other travelers.
Another important factor to consider when deciding to travel out of state is whether you will need to quarantine upon your return. The City of Chicago has issued an Emergency Travel Order that requires people coming from certain states (including residents coming back from a trip) to quarantine for two weeks. The list is updated every week and changes regularly. It is also possible that a state may be added to the list when you are already there; all residents need to be flexible and stay informed about travel guidance.
If you do plan to travel in the coming weeks, whether back to your own homes or to visit loved ones, please weigh the pros and cons and postpone your plans if the trip could potentially endanger yourself or others. Students, staff, and faculty are strongly encouraged to avoid personal and non-essential travel if they plan to participate in any campus classes or programs this semester. If you return from a trip from a state listed on the city of Chicago’s Emergency Travel Order, you will need to quarantine and comply with any additional guidance from the order. Mayor Lightfoot and Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker may continue to add new restrictions for the City of Chicago and State of Illinois in the coming weeks, so please continue to check our COVID-19 website for the most up-to-date information.
University Travel Policy
To protect the health and safety of the faculty, staff, and students at Loyola, the University has put multiple restrictions on University travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.
For specifics on the restrictions please visit LUC.edu/coronavirus/travelpolicy.
For specifics on the City of Chicago’s Emergency Travel Order visit our Guiding Principles.
For the spring 2021 semester, the intercampus shuttle will not be in operation.
8-Ride provides safe transport for students within a mile radius of the Lake Shore Campus. Loyola leases eight 10-passenger vans dedicated to this service. MV Transportation operates the 8-Ride service using these Loyola-leased vans.
- All passengers must wear a mask to board the 8-Ride van; exceptions will only be made if granted by the University and shared with Campus Transportation
- All MV Transportation employees must wear MV-approved uniform, including a mask and MV ID
- Passengers must display LUC ID badges to board the 8-Ride van
- Passengers will board at the rear sliding door of the 8-Ride van and leave space for social distancing when possible
- Passengers will not be allowed to sit in the front passenger seat of the 8-Ride van adjacent to the driver
- No food or beverages will be allowed in the 8-Ride van
- Capacity recommendation for 8-Ride vans to allow half capacity: Limit to only five passengers on our 10 passenger 8-Ride vans; capacity restrictions may be re-evaluated as necessary
- Students will be encouraged to book rides with ample time for pickup and transport to their destination
- The hours of operation for 8-Ride service are 6:00 p.m. — 1:00 a.m. daily (including weekends); operational hours may be adjusted as necessary
- Hand sanitizer will be placed in all 8-Ride vans
Loyola has limited parking available at the Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses. With the expectation that fewer people will be taking public transit and the number of cars arriving to campus will be greater, parking guidelines must be adapted to accommodate.
Lake Shore parking guidelines
The Main and Fordham garages will be designated for faculty and staff permit parkers, daily parkers, and commuter student permits.
- Garage hours are 5:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
- 977 parking spaces are available in the Main and Fordham garages
- All parking is available on a first come, first served basis
- Parking will be limited to only Loyola-affiliated persons; no contractors will be allowed to park in the Loyola garages
- Faculty, staff, and students may apply for a parking permit or choose to park daily
Limited overnight parking in the North End Lot may be available for purchase on a daily basis through Campus Transportation.
Water Tower parking guidelines
- Located at 18 W. Chicago Avenue
- 114 parking spaces
- Available by proxy to Loyola WTC permit parkers only
- Will offer faculty and staff full-time permits and reduced-schedule permits
- Additional parking is available at nearby garages; please check the Transportation website for updates and additional information
Daily parkers may utilize discounted daily parking rates at local garages:
- 111 E. Chestnut
- 850 N. State
- 1 W. Superior
- 900 N. Michigan
- 25 E. Superior
Additional monthly rates available directly through local garages.