Passes giving free rides to seniors on Chicago area buses and trains are, in some cases, being used to rip off the system. And the cash-strapped RTA is hopping mad. CBS 2’s Mike Parker says all the fuss could help lead to the program’s demise.
Three years after the General Assembly implemented the program that allows free public transit rides for seniors, a Better Government Association investigation found that it’s pretty easy to dupe the system.
Free rides for seniors will be eliminated on Chicago area public transit lines, but not until next year at the earliest.
Study of expensive transit program examines lost fare revenue, finds 28 percent of those riding free had annual incomes of $55,000 or more.
The Regional Transportation Authority is setting the stage to soon do away with the program to provide seniors with free rides on public transportation.