A campaign by advocates for the homeless for the CTA to provide free rides to schoolkids on the first day of school has paid off. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CTA Board Chairman Terry Petersen announced Saturday that children and parents accompanying them to class on Tuesday could ride free.
Back in July, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless Law Project wrote to the CTA asking for free rides. “For nearly a decade, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless has tried to convince the Chicago Transit Authority to provide free rides for CPS students’ first day of school—going so far as to coin the yet-to-be-used slogan: “Catch a ride to your future,” reported the Chicago News Coop.
This is the first year the CTA is offering the free rides on the first day of school for Chicago Public Schools. Peterson said about 150,000 children use the CTA each school day. The free rides will cost about $100,000, with seven corporate sponsors paying half, and the CTA picking up the other half.