Tuesday marks the first day of school for almost 400,000 Chicago Public School students. That means that your summer respite is over from school kids crowding trains and buses.
The CTA reports that more than 28 million reduced student rides were taken on CTA during the 2013-2014 academic school year.
And on the first day of school last year, nearly 123,000 free rides were provided by the CTA. That five-year First Day, Free Rides tradition will continue Tuesday as students and accompanying adults can ride free.
After Tuesday, students who are enrolled in school are eligible to ride the CTA for 75 cents Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. while school is in session. This discounted rate is the result of a reduction in fares implemented in 2013 to make transit even more affordable during the school year. Students must have a student Ventra Card to receive the Student Reduced Fare on CTA buses and trains. Many schools issue them. Learn more about how to get a card.
Beyond school hours, elementary students ages 7-11 pay reduced fares of $1 on the bus and $1.10 on rail and for individuals ages 12 and older pay full fare.
Many bus timetables and schedules changed on Sunday as students go back to school. Check out whether yours has changed.
And make way for students.
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