RTA Reduced Fare Permits

Senior Ride Free Permit

Low-income seniors age 65 and older who are enrolled in the Illinois Benefit Access Program (formerly Circuit Breaker Program) administered by the Illinois Department on Aging (DOA) may apply for a Ride Free Permit for free rides on RTA fixed route bus and rail services provided by CTA, Pace and Metra.  You must be enrolled in the Benefit Access Program before you will be approved for a Ride Free Permit.  For more information about the DOA Benefit Access Program or an application, call 1-800-624-2459 or visit www.cbrx.il.gov/.

Senior Reduced Fare Permit

Seniors age 65 and older who are not qualified for the low-income Benefit Access Program are eligible to ride RTA fixed route bus and rail services provided by CTA, Pace and Metra at a reduced fare with a vaild Reduced Fare Permit. Senior citizen tourists or those who don’t live in the RTA coverage area—even though they may commute from Kenosha or Kankakee, for example—will not be eligible for the program. The RTA coverage area includes McHenry, Lake, Kane, Cook, DuPage and Will Counties. Application Instructions Senior citizens may apply at Palatine Township Center during regular business hours. As proof of age, applicants must present the original of one of the following documents: Driver’s license, State of Illinois Identification Card, U.S. Immigration Alien Registration Card, Medicare card (with one of the photo ID’s listed here), Passport (any country, photocopy of page(s) with photo and date of birth). A 1-1/2” X 1-1/2” color photograph is also required. Photos can be taken at the Township Center for a charge of $2.00. Palatine Township does not currently serve as a registration center for RTA’s Fare Permit for the disabled. If you are disabled, you may call the RTA Travel Information Center at 312-836-7000 or 312-836-4949 (TTY) to request that an application be sent to you by mail.  Alternatively, a list of the registration centers which process applications for the RTA Fare Permit for the disabled can be found at www.transitchicago.com. The RTA has been processing the senior citizen applications within four to six weeks. Your RTA Free or Reduced Fare Card will be mailed directly to your home. The free fare permit is valid for two years from the date of issuance and the reduced fare permit is valid for four-five years from the date of issuance.  You will be notified by the RTA when it is time for you to renew your permit.

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