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There are several public transportation options to make your commute to campus easier. Oak Park is accessible by CTA trains and buses, Metra commuter trains and the Pace bus system. Many of the options can be combined to offer a convenient way to campus.
 
Also remember that the Dominican shuttle connect the Priory and Main Campus. So if you take public transportation to the Priory, the shuttle can take you those few last blocks down to the Main Campus.
 
If you need help with planning a trip using public transportation, check out the CTA Trip Planner site. It connects you to all of the Chicago area public transportation options and creates an easy travel plan for you to any destination. You can also call (312) 836- 7000.
 
CTA Bus and Train System Changes
To find out about the CTA bus and train schedule changes, effective February 7 click this link.  
 
Additional information for transit options in the Oak Park area.
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) runs both trains and buses. Information below highlights both the train and bus routes that serve the area around campus. 

CTA System Map for Trains and Buses: Contains information on all CTA, Pace and Metra routes and services including the Green Line and Blue Line trains that serve the River Forest and Oak Park area.
 
CTA Buses: Information on the bus system the picks up at the Harlem/Lake intersection (where the CTA and Metra train stations are) and drops off at the Priory Campus. You can then take the Dominican University shuttle from the Priory Campus to Main Campus. It is bus route 90 Harlem.
 
CTA Chicago Card: The CTA offers a prepaid transit card that you can use on CTA trains and CTA and Pace buses.
Metra: information on the commuter train that serves River Forest and Oak Park. Both stations are on the Union Pacific West Line.
 
Bus Connection Programs: information on the monthly passes to connect from Metra to CTA and Pace buses. The Link Up pass allows you to connect from Metra to CTA and Pace buses during peak times. The Pace PlusBus allows you to connect from Metra to Pace buses any time.
Pace Buses: Information on the bus system that drops off at campus. The bus route is number 305- Cicero - River Forest. The 307 and 318 routes drop off at Harlem and Division, where you could take the Dominican University shuttle from the Priory Campus to Main Campus.
 
Effective Immediately: Pace 305 Suspended Service to Dominican

Due to a continued pattern of low ridership, weekday trips on Route 305 will no longer operate north of North Boulevard in Oak Park except to serve Trinity High School on one morning northbound trip and one afternoon southbound trip.

Additionally, some weekday trips have been extended during off-peak hours to provide better connections to regional transit services. As a result of these service changes, Route 305 will operate on a new schedule effective Sunday, August 23.

Please note that all weekday trip times on Route 305 have changed. However, Saturday and Sunday service on Route 305 will continue to operate as currently scheduled.

 Updated timetables will be distributed as soon as they become available. A preview copy of the updated Route 305 timetable is now available. Front  Back

 Pace apologizes for any inconvenience resulting from this service change.

Pace Bus Campus Card: Pace offers the Campus Connection card that is available for unlimited rides on any Pace buses for an entire semester. It even works on weekends. If you use Pace buses on a consistent basis this is a great option for you.

Pace RideShare Program:
 Pace offers a free service that connects commuters throughout the Chicagoland area who are interested in sharing their commuter. Click through to the website to identify any potential carpoolers. Groups of 5 or more can upgrade to a Pace Vanpool.
Dominican University shuttle: Here is the schedule for the Dominican shuttle that runs between the Priory Campus and Main Campus.
 
Parking Information: Here is information on parking permits, which parking lots are open to commuters and what the fines are for parking violations. All parking questions can be addressed to Campus Safety and Security at (708) 524- 6300.

Want to know how traffic is moving in the Chicago area? Check out these local traffic report sites.
 
 
 
 
You can also get up-to-date traffic news on your drive in by checking out these local radio stations.
 
WBBM: 780 AM
WGN: 720 AM
 
Need updates on Illinois Highway Construction?
 
 
 
Other interesting public transportation sites:
 
Regional Transportation Asset Managment System: The Regional Transportation Asset Management System (RTAMS) provides planning and financial information on the transportation system in the northeastern Illinois area surrounding Chicago. RTAMS also allows users to access transit and tollway data through an interactive map.
 
Moving Beyond Congestion: The Regional Transportation Authority, in partnership with the CTA, Metra and Pace has launched the Moving Beyond Congestion Project, a comprehensive regional strategic planning effort. This effort will evaluate how public transportation will best fit as a component of a larger transportation network that serves our region’s travel needs.
 
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