Limits On Free Rides For Seniors Passes Ill. House

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois lawmakers are taking steps to limit free mass transit services for the elderly.

The Illinois House voted 95-15 on Sunday to limit the free service to poor senior citizens. Only people enrolled in the Circuit Breaker aid program would qualify for free rides.

The measure now goes to the Senate, which has voted in the past to restrict the service.

The free rides were a last-minute initiative by Gov. Rod Blagojevich before he was removed from office. Anyone over 65 can take advantage of the offer, regardless of their income.

State officials and local transit agencies say the free rides cost tens of millions of dollars each year during a period of budget and service cuts.

  • John Seck

    Free rides for seniors should be for ALL seniors on NO Seniors… Lets keep the record keeping to a mimimum… We see how handicap parking stickers get abused I know the free ride tickets have to be abused also…

  • Lee Strausberg

    Now crack down on all of the scammers who are using their dead grandmother’s card before making anymore cuts. We are all responsible for caring for our seniors.

  • dave

    what great news. now the responsible people at the rta & cta will use the increased funds to improve service and not line their own pockets. Right? Sure!!!

  • Maurice B Thomas

    Fallacy: Cutting the Seniors Ride Free Program will help the RTA.

    Fact: The very fact that MORE Seniors took MORE rides means that MORE Sales Tax was paid by Seniors who spent MORE money in MORE stores so that MORE STATE REVENUE WAS REALIZED so as to make MORE REVENUE available to the RTA from the State of Illinois and local, and County Tax Revenues.

    Am I the only person who realizes all of the above?

    I think not.

    • Ary figueroa

      The cards reduce gasoline comsumption, reduce pollution and save seniors time.
      how about making the cards available based on income. Those who are very poor get them free; the rest of us would pay on a sliding scale that is based on income.

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