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CTA To Offer Free Rides To Students On First Day Of Class

The CTA once again will provide free rides for the first day of classes in Chicago’s Public Schools, on Aug. 26.


Red Line Train

CTA Offering Free Rides To Commuters Inconvenienced By Red Line Overhaul

The CTA has set May 19 as the date it will shut down the south branch of the Red Line, between Roosevelt and 95th. But it is hoping to keep riders by offering many of them free rides.


Chicago Students To Get Free Ride … On CTA

The CTA is giving some Chicago students free rides to high school.


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Chicago School Students Get Free CTA Ride On Day 1

Chicago Public Schools students will be able to ride CTA buses and trains for free on the first day of school.


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Free Rides On Mass Transit May End For Everyone

The free ride on mass transit in Illinois may soon be over for everyone.

CBS Chicago–06/28/2012

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Free Rides For Some Government Workers Costing CTA Millions

Five months after ending free rides for all senior citizens, the CTA is still providing free rides to thousands of civil service employees — a practice that dates back to 1945, when it was mainly a “courtesy” extended to police and firefighters.

CBS 2–01/31/2012

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CTA Giving Free Rides To Kids For First Day Of School

The city, the CTA and the Chicago Public Schools want to get as many children in class as possible on the first day of school Tuesday.

WBBM Newsradio–09/04/2011

'L' Train Riders

Free Public Transit For Seniors Now Over

Free public transportation is no longer available to all senior citizens in Illinois.

CBS Chicago–09/01/2011

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Free Public Transit Rides For Seniors End At Midnight

The program that has allowed all Illinois seniors to ride public transit for free will come to an end at midnight Wednesday night.

CBS Chicago–08/31/2011

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn meets with reporters. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/Newsradio 780)

Quinn: No More Free Rides For College Granted By Lawmakers

Gov. Pat Quinn says enough is enough with a program where politicians are allowed to provide full rides for favored students at Illinois schools.

WBBM Newsradio–08/26/2011

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Time Running Out For Old Seniors’ Transit Passes

Time is running out on the Seniors Ride Free passes that Chicago-area seniors have used on the CTA, Metra and Pace since 2008.

WBBM Newsradio–08/22/2011

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Free Ride Cards Going Out For Seniors Who Qualify

The Illinois Department on Aging says postcards are in the mail to senior citizens on the state’s Circuit Breaker Program, which will get them as many free rides as they want.

WBBM Newsradio–08/05/2011

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New Transit Cards Going Out For Low-Income Seniors

New RTA fare cards are going out to 427,000 Chicago-area seniors sooner than expected.

CBS Chicago–07/22/2011

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Hearings Planned For End Of Free Rides For Seniors

Like it or not, the end is in sight for free rides for more than half of the Chicago area’s senior citizens.

CBS Chicago–06/06/2011

CTA Bus (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Low-Income Seniors Still Eligible For Free Transit

The Regional Transportation Authority is three months away from shutting off all 440,000 of the “seniors ride free” fare cards issued since 2008.

CBS Chicago–06/01/2011

A Photo From RTA's 'Seniors Ride Free' Brochure. (RTA Photo)

RTA To Spend $1.5 Million To Re-Equip Senior Fare Cards

The Regional Transportation Authority’s decision to re-equip senior citizens throughout the Chicago area with new fare cards, because of new limits on free rides, won’t be cheap.


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No More Free Rides On Mass Transit For Many Seniors

Some Illinois senior citizens will have to resume paying for public transportation after a break of more than two years.


CTA Bus (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

End Of Free Rides For Seniors On CTA?

Free rides for seniors on public transit were a gift from since-deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

CBS Chicago–01/11/2011

CTA turnstiles

Ill. Senate Votes To End Free Rides For Seniors

Illinois senior citizens would lose their automatic free rides on public transportation under legislation that has been sent to Gov. Pat Quinn.


CTA turnstiles

Limits On Free Rides For Seniors Passes Ill. House

Illinois lawmakers are taking steps to limit free mass transit services for the elderly.