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Reduced CTA fares available for elementary, high school students

Elementary and high school students — public, parochial or private — are eligible for reduced CTA fares of 75 cents a ride with the appropriate student Ventra card, CTA officials reminded parents Tuesday.

The 75-cent fare is available to full-time students, ages 7-20, for trips to and from classes between 5:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. In addition, students can pay only 15 cents for up to two transfers within two hours during school hours.

However, to get the special rates, a student Ventra card must be obtained from the school where the child is registered or directly from Ventra via a special online student form. The form is available at, along with more detailed instructions.

To obtain student rates, students should not purchase Ventra cards from Ventra vending machines or retailers who sell Ventra cards.

CTA officials lowered the student fares by 10 cents last year to make transit even more affordable during school hours, CTA officials said.

In addition, the CTA is providing students and accompanying adults with free CTA bus and train rides on the Sept. 2 first day of school. The “First Day, Free Rides” program is sponsored for the third consecutive year by Sun-Times Media Productions. Last year, the CTA provided 47,000 free student rides on the first day of school.


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