Reapply by Sept. 30 for RTA free ride permit for disabled

The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) is reporting that 10,500 persons with disabilities have yet to renew their free ride permits. They have until Sept. 30 to apply for the State of Illinois Benefit Access Program (BAP), which will qualify them for the free ride permits.

Also, senior citizens have until Nov. 30 to renew their Senior Free Ride permits. to renew, access the  Illinois Department of Aging BAP website and click on the “Benefit Access” tab.

  • The State only allows applications online, not in writing or over the telephone.
  • The applicant must submit documentation online, which may require scanning documents to a computer to submit them online.

Finally, I recently got an email from a woman inquiring how to get the CTA senior discount Ventra card. She said she scoured the CTA’s website and didn’t find any instructions.

Well, that’s because the free and discounted ride programs are administered by the RTA. Check out its Reduced Fare Program page for information on how to apply for a Ventra reduced fare card.

UPDATE: I just learned that the CTA website does indeed include a page about the Reduced Fare Program – here.
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  • So why doesn't the CTA have a link to the RTA Senior Card page?

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    It would certainly make sense.—Ah, there's your answer.

  • Just to be clear - there IS a link on the CTA website to the RTA Senior Card page. I noted that in the Update above.

  • In reply to Kevin O’Neil:

    My mistake (the latest of many). Thanks, Kevin!

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