Some free rides for seniors to end around Labor Day

April 21, 2011 6:15:20 PM PDT
Free mass transit rides for non-low income seniors are to end around September 5th, which is Labor Day.

Seniors aged 65 or older who earn too much will pay half fares, the same policy as before then-governor Rod Blagojevich pushed through free rides for all seniors three years ago.

The Regional Transportation Authority says Metra, CTA, and Pace should collect more than $30 million a year from the half fares.

Individuals who earn less than about $27,000 a year and couples earning less than about $36,000 may still ride free.

Seniors must register with the Illinois Department of Aging to qualify.