We recognize that many students, faculty, and staff rely on public transportation to commute to Loyola. As of May 2021, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is in phase 4 of their “Return to CTA” plan. The CTA has implemented a rigorous cleaning regimen on all of their buses and trains. Riders are required to wear masks at all times, practice social distancing, and refrain from boarding crowded trains/buses. The 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 encourage riders to consider other transportation options for destinations that are not far away, especially during peak riding hours. 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 www.transitchicago.com/coronavirus/#tips
For those commuting from the Chicagoland suburbs via Metra, please read Metra’s Response to the COVID-19 Crisis for safety tips and policies at www.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 at cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/using-transportation.html.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Loyola has prioritized the health, safety, and well-being of our entire community. Out of an abundance of care and concern for our wider community, nation, and world, we are advising Loyola students, faculty, and staff who are NOT vaccinated against COVID-19 to either refrain from or limit non-essential travel. Personal travel increases one’s risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19. If you are not vaccinated, the best way to protect yourself and others is to stay home with your immediate household or visit with family virtually. If someone who is unvaccinated needs to travel outside of their community, they should follow the CDC’s travel guidelines for unvaccinated individuals.
Fully vaccinated students, faculty, and staff can plan to engage in domestic and international travel, as vaccinated individuals are much less likely to contract or spread COVID-19. If you decide to travel, stay up to date with the CDC’s current travel guidelines. The CDC encourages fully vaccinated individuals to still practice safety behaviors such as wearing a mask, social distancing, and handwashing. Travelers who are flying are required to wear masks in the airport and during their flight. Masks are also required on buses and trains for many state and city public transportation systems, including Chicago. Different cities and states may also have different requirements for travelers, even if you are fully vaccinated. Make sure you understand and can comply with the guidelines for the state you are visiting.
If traveling in and out of Chicago, compliance with Chicago’s Emergency Travel Order, which is regularly updated, is requested. Fully vaccinated and asymptomatic residents returning from a domestic trip are not required to quarantine upon their return home.
Please consider the potential risks and take protective measures before, during, and after your trip. 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.
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.
If you do plan to travel in the coming weeks, please weigh the pros and cons and postpone your plans if the trip could potentially endanger yourself or others.
The intercampus shuttle will resume operations at the start of the fall semester, running from 7 a.m. to midnight, Monday through Friday. The shuttles will operate at full capacity. Riders must display their Loyola ID prominently and individuals will be required to always wear a mask so long as they University mask mandate is in effect.
8-Ride provides safe transport for students within a one-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 so long as a University mask mandate is still in effect; 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, so long as a University mask mandate is still in effect
- 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
- No food or beverages will be allowed in the 8-Ride van
- 8-Ride vans will operate at full capacity; 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 7 p.m. - 4 a.m. daily (including weekends); operational hours may be adjusted as necessary
- Hand sanitizer will be placed in all 8-Ride vans
All faculty and staff parking permits were terminated in March 2020 and permit holders were instructed to apply for a new permit as needed. If you do not currently have an active parking permit, you must apply for a permit at park.LUC.edu. If you do not know if you have an active parking permit, you may also check your permit status at park.LUC.edu. All faculty and staff permits are issued on a first come, first served basis. Once your application is submitted, permits are fulfilled Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Lake Shore parking:
- Garage hours are 5 a.m. to 2 a.m.
- 977 parking spaces are available in the Main and Fordham garages
- All parking is available on a first come, first served basis
- 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:
- Lawson Lot
- 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.
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.
University Travel Restrictions
With the ongoing concern for international and domestic travel amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, Loyola has put in place the following University-wide restrictions:
- In the Early Summer phase, domestic University-sponsored travel is permitted for vaccinated Loyolans. International travel will be allowed by exception only. Exceptions may be granted by an individual’s supervisor or department leadership. Faculty, students, or staff who must travel for personal or work reasons must comply with the City of Chicago’s Emergency Travel Order before returning to campus and should reference the CDC’s travel considerations before traveling.
- During the Late Summer phase of reopening, international University-sponsored travel will be allowed for vaccinated Loyolans. Departments are encouraged to use discretion when approving international travel, and consult the State Department and CDC’s guidance on levels of risk.
Updates to the University Travel Restrictions during this pandemic will be posted as necessary. Please check back on this website for any changes.