Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Legislature finally ends free rides for most senior citizens

CTA Tattler:
A bill to allow free transit rides only for low-income seniors has been sent to Gov. Quinn for his signature after the state Senate passed the bill on a 54-2 vote on Monday. The House had OKed it on Saturday 95-15.

The bill would allow seniors who qualify for the state's Circuit Breaker aid program to continue to ride free, while all others would pay half price. Here are the income limits for the Circuit Breaker program:
  • $27,610 for a household of one.
  • $36,635 for a household of two.
  • $45,657 for a household of three.
Great start, perhaps for those seniors who don't qualify we can have reduced fares for them like what used to be the case before this free rides mandate. It was mentioned that Gov. Quinn hasn't said whether or not he would sign this bill and if he did, that veto could be overturned.

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