Seniors can pre-register for free rides

January 23, 2008 2:01:10 PM PST
The State of Illinois has set up a second phone number for seniors who want to pre-register for the free transit rides.

Governor Rod Blagojevich made the announcement Wednesday at the Thompson Center.

Last week, Illinois lawmakers approved a plan that will allow seniors across the state to take public transit for free. The program is set to begin in mid-March. Anyone 65 or older is eligible.

"They deserve as much help as they can get in the autumn years of their lives. This is going to be help for our senior citizens and give them the chance to be able to get out and about more often and not have to worry about fumbling for change. They can take the bus, they can take the subways for free," the governor said.

If you or a family member want to register, you can do so online at or you can call 1-800-252-8966 or 1-800-447-4278.