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Free rides for seniors under fire due to RTA budget crunch

The Regional Transit Authority (RTA), the organization which oversees CTA, Metra and Pace, today recommended to state lawmakers that the "free rides for seniors" program is abolished in light of budget issues.

The free rides program began last year and ending it could lead to $37 million in new revenue a year, according to RTA officials.

Not all Chicago Twitter users support slashing free rides for seniors, but the vast majority does.

  1. Erik B. Brown
    42TheGreat Well, we have to pay for EVERY ride, and we had to pick up the slack for free rides given to seniors already riding at a discount. And those
  2. FunGuYom
    FunGuYom @redeyechicago We should remove free rides for Seniors. It costs too much. We should not have to pay more bc of G-rod's corrupt policy!
  3. Joseph
    JosephFinn Look, just eliminate the free rides for seniors already: http://bit.ly/1XLhd6
  4. Kent Green
    kent_green Angry #CTA riders: Contact the Gov. and tell him to ditch free rides for seniors http://www.illinois.gov/gov/contactthegovernor.cfm
  5. Brad Anderson
    bja009 CTA rate hike? Again? How about ditching Free Rides for Seniors?
  6. Clint Brocka
    clintbrocka #CTA should get rid of free rides for seniors. Every one of them makes more money than everyone without jobs.
  7. Proud Republican
    ConservativeGal Chgo CTA says, "We can't afford the free ride benefit for seniors." But seniors can't afford $3.00 rides either! #tcot
  8. The Sixth Ward
    TheSixthWard CPR: "Eliminating Free Rides For Seniors, Possible" Good move but is there an appetite to do this? http://bit.ly/1fl9rS

What do you think? Is it time to end the "free rides for seniors" program?

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