Thursday, August 28, 2008

News: RTA to implement free rides for disabled individuals

The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) will begin partnering with the Illinois
Department on Aging to implement the People with Disabilities Ride Free program after Senate Bill 1920 became law today. The new legislation provides free rides on fixed-route transit (regularly scheduled CTA, Metra, and Pace buses and trains) to be made available to any Illinois resident who has been enrolled as a person with a disability in the Illinois Circuit Breaker program.

The People With Disabilities Ride Free program for the RTA goes into effect on October 24, 2008. “By providing these free rides on fixed-route service, we are giving additional mobility to those who need it most and helping them to improve their quality of life.” commented Steve Schlickman, RTA Executive Director.

In anticipation of the new legislation, the RTA began working with the Service Boards at the end of June to work through the logistics of the program. The program is being administered similarly to the Seniors Ride Free program launched on March 17.

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