Three interesting tidbits about the Tribune’s report on free CTA rides jumped out at me:
- About 2.5 million more free rides were taken on the CTA through June this year than last year — 37.6 million total.
- A study by the Urban Transportation Center at UIC found that about a third of seniors who ride free earn more than $55,000 a year.
- The same study had predicted an increase of “just” 1 million more free rides than last year for the entirety of 2010. We’re on pace for 5 million more than 2009.
The Legislature needs to put means-testing into place for seniors at the very least.