CHICAGO (CBS) — Tuesday, Sept. 6 marks the first day of school for Chicago Public School students.
CTA is offering free rides for students on their first day of school.
Mayor Emanuel started a program six years ago for every student and accompanying adults of Chicago Public School to have a free ride on CTA transit on the first day of school. The goal of the program is to “promote attendance on the first day of school, which is important in encouraging school attendance throughout the year,” said city officials.
CTA also offers reduced student fares on CTA trains and buses on school days for 75 cents a ride. The student fare is available for full-time students Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Students must use their student Ventra card to receive this fare, and it is only available when school is in session.
Mayor Emanuel and the CTA lowered the fare by 10 cents in 2014 to make transit even more affordable for Chicago families.