Free CTA rides for students


The Chicago Transit Authority's (CTA) Board agreed today to free rides for students on the first day of school on Sept. 8, the day Chicago Public Schools CPS) open this year. 

In the fifth year of Mayor Emanuel’s “First Day, Free Rides” program, the students, and adults accompanying them, will ride for free from 5:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. 

“Affordable, reliable public transportation plays an important role in helping to ensure that our city’s students get the opportunity for a strong education,” said CTA President Dorval Carter Jr. “This program has become a tradition in promoting school attendance and in helping students get to school safely and on time from Day One, and we are proud to support Mayor Emanuel’s efforts to encourage attendance on the first day.” 

In addition the CTA will offer deeply discounted student fares of $.75 to students who are enrolled in school while school is in session Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

Two years ago, Mayor Emanuel and the CTA lowered student fares by 10 cents to 75 cents to make transit even more affordable during school hours. Beyond school hours, elementary students ages 7 to 11 pay reduced fares of $1 on the bus and $1.10 on rail and individuals 12 and older pay full fares. 

Last year, CTA provided more than 120,000 free student rides on the first day of school and about 28 million reduced student rides throughout the academic year. 



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