11/23/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Free Public Transit Rides For Low-Income Disabled

UPDATE 10/24

"Misunderstandings on how to apply for a free rides program for disabled riders has resulted in a number of applications being rejected," the Daily Herald reports:

A state law goes into effect today allowing low-income individuals with disabilities to use public transit without paying.

About 32,500 applications started arriving at the end of September and 22,000 have been processed, Regional Transportation Authority planners said at a Thursday meeting. They said about 60 percent of the applications were approved while the remainder were rejected, mainly because people weren't enrolled in a "circuit breaker" first.

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Find information on Circuit Breaker here.

Find more information the RTA program here.

Low-income disabled people will be able to ride buses and trains for free in the Chicago area starting Friday.

It marks the latest expansion of a free-rides push that started in March after Gov. Rod Blagojevich granted free rides to senior citizens.

The free rides to seniors and to disabled people who are enrolled in the State of Illinois Circuit Breaker Program applies to fixed-route service on the CTA, Metra and Pace.

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