Recent legislation has changed the RTA Senior Ride Free program. Beginning, September 1, 2011, only low income seniors enrolled in the Illinois Circuit Breaker Program will be eligible for free transportation. All other seniors can still travel on Metra, CTA and Pace fixed routes at reduced price by using the RTA Reduced Fare Permit.
Seniors who are not eligible for free transportation will receive an RTA Reduced Fare Permit. The seniors who qualify for the ride free permit will receive a Circuit Permit that will look similar to the current Circuit Permit Ride Free for people with disabilities.
From now through August 31, seniors can continue using their Seniors Ride Free Permits. The RTA started mailing the new Permits the first week of August. Existing Seniors Ride Free Permits will be deactivated on September 1, 2011. For additional information regarding these fare programs, please click here.