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Free Rides For Low-Income and Disabled on Chicago-Area Transit Starting Today

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Chicago-area transit agencies began offering free rides for low-income, disabled riders this morning.

Low-income, disabled riders are eligible for the free rides on CTA, Metra, and Pace. The program begins just months after transit agencies started offering free rides for seniors.

At a bus stop this morning on Chicago’s North Side, CTA passenger Sikia Waite says she’s worried about the cost to taxpayers.

WAITE: I think that could turn out to be a large number of people eventually and it’s going to cost us in the long run. It sounds good yeah that we’re helping low-income disabled people. But in the end who’s going to end up paying for it.

The Regional Transportation Authority says 10,000 passes have been mailed out already.

I’m Tasha Flournoy, Chicago Public Radio.

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