Within two years, commuters will be riding new or totally rebuilt CTA buses, under a plan unveiled by Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday.
The program that has allowed all Illinois seniors to ride public transit for free will come to an end at midnight Wednesday night.
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.
New fare cards have begun to arrive from the RTA for more than 427,000 Chicago area senior citizens in the next few days.
Officials at the CTA, Metra and Pace say they are striving for normal weekday service today.
Free rides for seniors on public transit were a gift from since-deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich.