The vast majority of the 440,000 senior citizens who registered to receive free transit rides over the last three years will lose the privilege on Sept. 1, officials said Wednesday.There's no reason that people who can afford to pay shouldn't pull their own weight, especially in these economic times.
That's when current senior free-rides permits on the CTA, Metra and Pace will be deactivated.
As a result, the revenue from fareboxes is expected to increase by a total of $30 million annually at the three transit agencies, officials estimated.
Only about 25,000 seniors enrolled in the current free-rides program are expected to still qualify for free transportation on mass transit when the changes implementing a financial means test take effect, according to the Regional Transportation Authority, which administers the program.
Bistro 110 is closing in August? I'll have to get up there before then! They've always had fantastic food.
Require homeless shelter residents to pay for their night's stay? Before you blow your stack, consider this:
The policy has had some unexpected advantages.Maybe it's not such a bad idea after all.
Residents say the shelter is much calmer and cleaner since the fees started and paying guests seem more serious about getting their lives in order. There are fewer fights and emergency calls.
"Beforehand, it was like a madhouse," said Ronald Wells, who has been living at missions for a year. "People really weren't interested in doing anything for themselves."
Edward Bravo, who became homeless after being evicted from his apartment, said paying his way makes him feel better about himself. "When everything was free, it was okay," he said. "Now I feel inside of me, it's helped me."