Free Rides to Start the School Year

September 05, 2011

As the CPS commences, the CTA is providing free transportation to Chicago youth and their parents.

Chicago Public School students can ride Chicago Transit Authority buses and trains at no charge from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6, the first day back at school for Chicago’s youth.

The move is an attempt to get as many Chicago students into school as possible.

Adults traveling with school-aged children will get to ride free during those times as well.

This is the first time the CTA has offered the free-ride day. After today, Chicago students will go back to paying reduced fares during those hours.

It is estimated that around 150,000 Chicago students take public transportation to school each day.

The free rides will cost about $100,000. Seven corporate sponsors are picking up half the tab, including AT&T, Hyatt Hotels, Microsoft and Garrett’s Popcorn. The CTA will pay the other half.

Hey, Chicago students, go have a great year!

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