WBEZ | free rides http://www.wbez.org/tags/free-rides Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Illinois notifies seniors eligible for free rides http://www.wbez.org/story/illinois-notifies-seniors-eligible-free-rides-90120 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-August/2011-08-04/2958985486_e47fee480b.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Postcards are in the mail to Illinois low-income senior citizens eligible to ride free on public transit.</p><p>The Department on Aging announced Wednesday the postcards went to seniors enrolled in the Circuit Breaker program.&nbsp;</p><p>Those seniors remain eligible for free rides on public buses and trains.</p><p>Free rides are ending for other seniors, although they'll still get reduced fares. Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation in February to limit the "Seniors Ride Free" program to low-income seniors.</p><p>Seniors in the Circuit Breaker program may need to contact their local public transit agency for a free ride card.</p><p>To qualify for Circuit Breaker assistance, an applicant's total income for 2010 must be less than $27,610 for a household size of one.</p></p> Thu, 04 Aug 2011 14:53:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/illinois-notifies-seniors-eligible-free-rides-90120 Are CTA rides really free? http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/are-cta-rides-really-free <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/71259299.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The <a target="_blank" href="http://www.rtachicago.com/">Regional Transit Authority</a> oversees <a target="_blank" href="http://www.transitchicago.com/">CTA</a>, <a target="_blank" href="http://metrarail.com/metra/en/home.html">Pace </a>and <a target="_blank" href="http://metrarail.com/metra/en/home.html">Metra</a>; in a system that big, fraud is a fact of life.</p><p>But the RTA has tended to focus on internal abuses of resources.</p><p>A new report out from the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;ved=0CBwQFjAA&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bettergov.org%2F&amp;rct=j&amp;q=better%20government%20association&amp;ei=libtTOifH86lnAfeneC_AQ&amp;usg=AFQjCNF6XJziM-t1-6eNQQ1_G2wMmPNP3A&amp;sig2=esb-HLrPwISdGNo2_OEWkQ&amp;cad=rja">Better Government Association</a> and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;sqi=2&amp;ved=0CCAQFjAA&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.myfoxchicago.com%2F&amp;rct=j&amp;q=fox%20chicago&amp;ei=ribtTM3gKY3_nAf1z4mAAg&amp;usg=AFQjCNFBYGz91ys0rUDik-0Ol5fYngRPSQ&amp;sig2=-UtcljnFj04dpU-5MRkHHA&amp;cad=rja">Fox Chicago News</a> finds that riders have also been abusing the system. And some of them from the grave!</p><p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.luc.edu/soc/Part-Time_Jrnl1.shtml#Herguth%202">Bob Herguth</a> is with the Better Government Association and he explained how it all works,and where it all goes wrong.</p><p><em>Music Button: Thunderball, &quot;Moon on the Rise&quot;, from the CD 12 Mile High, (ESL Music)</em><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 24 Nov 2010 13:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/are-cta-rides-really-free