CTA, Sun-Times offer free bus and train rides to CPS students
BY MONIFA THOMAS Staff Reporter August 21, 2013 12:05PM
Updated: September 23, 2013 2:24PM
The Chicago Transit Authority will offer free bus and train rides to students on the first day of school, thanks to a partnership with Sun-Times Media Productions.
Students and accompanying adults will ride free on Monday, the first day of Chicago Public Schools’ fall semester.
Last year, the CTA and Sun-Times Media provided more than 100,000 rides on the first day of school.
This is the second year the Sun-Times has sponsored the First Day of School Free Rides program.
“Our investment in the ‘First Day of School Free Rides’ programs reflects the Sun-Times’ commitment to the city and its future leaders,” said Jim Kirk, publisher and editor in chief of the Chicago Sun-Times. “Every student deserves to get to school safely and on time as the first step for a great education.”
The CTA President Forrest Claypool echoed that sentiment, saying “the [rides] we provide on the first day of school are the most important.”
Students will be able to take advantage of the same discounted fares of 75 cents on school days between 5:30 am and 8:30 p.m.
Outside those hours, elementary students, ages 7 to 11, will still be able to pay reduced fares of $1 on bus and $1.10 on rail each weekday.
Students will not need identification to prove that they are eligible for the free rides, CTA officials said.