CTA Offers Free Rides On CPS' First Day Of School

CTA will continue to offer low student fares of 75 cents the rest of the year

August 31, 2018 - 7:44 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- City encourages school attendance with free CTA rides on the first day of school.

Mayor Emanuel and CTA President Dorval Carter, Jr. announced Friday that CTA will again provide all students and accompanying adults with free bus and train rides on the first day of Chicago Public Schools’ school year, Tuesday, Sept. 4.

The “First Day, Free Rides” program, which was first launched by Mayor Emanuel in 2011, provided approximately 130,000 free rides to students and their parents or guardians last year.

“By providing Chicago area students with reliable, convenient transportation every day, we help ensure they arrive at school ready to learn and succeed,” said Mayor Emanuel, in a statement. “We want to start the 2018 year off right by offering free transportation to students and their guardians on the first day of school. Hopefully, this reminds students and parents alike about the importance of school attendance.”

For the remainder of the school year, when school is in session, CTA will continue to offer its low 75-cent fares for elementary through high school students Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

“We are always looking for ways to inspire and motivate students and hope this gesture will encourage Chicago area students to succeed,” said CTA President Carter, in a statement. “We at CTA are proud to offer free public transit to students on the first day of school and look forward to supporting their academic success all year long.”