Free transit rides help shuttle CPS students back to school

September 5, 2011

Associated Press

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CPS officials are hoping free public transit rides for students will help boost first day attendance on Tuesday.

Chicago's public school students are getting a free ride on their first day of class.

Thanks to a partnership between the schools, the Chicago Transit Authority and businesses, kids can ride free Tuesday on city buses and trains. Adults with them can ride free, too, between 5:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. that day. Those are the usual hours for reduced-fare rides. Kids with student cards will also be eligible.

Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard says instruction begins on day one and that getting kids there on time can help ensure they're ready to learn.

Businesses helping subsidize the rides include Garrett Popcorn Shops, AT&T, Microsoft and Hyatt Hotels.

The CTA generally provides about 150,000 daily rides for students using student reduced fare permits; most of those kids attend public schools.