Thursday, October 23, 2008

Low-income disabled to ride free on CTA, Metra, Pace

Low-income disabled people will be able to ride buses and trains for free in the Chicago area starting Friday.

It marks the latest expansion of a free-rides push that started in March after Gov. Rod Blagojevich granted free rides to senior citizens.

The free rides to seniors and to disabled people who are enrolled in the State of Illinois Circuit Breaker Program applies to fixed-route service on the CTA, Metra and Pace.

People who use door-to-door paratransit service must continue to pay. But transit officials say they hope the lure of free rides will lead paratransit users who are able to use the regular main line service to switch to fixed-route transit, cutting the cost of providing paratransit.
Once this new entitlement gets started. It doesn't stop and on top of that it costs money. Transit could be more expensive because of this. At the same time at least they hope to cut the cost of providing paratransit, but that's if they can convince disabled riders to take fixed route transit.

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