New legislation calls for free rides for low income persons with disabilities

Representatives from Access Living and other disability rights organizations worked with Illinois legislators and transit providers on new legislation to benefit fixed route transit rides. The legislation has been approved by both the Illinois Senate and House, and is now awaiting Governor Blagojevich’s signature. He is favorable to the bill.

SB 1920 calls for free rides on bus and rail systems throughout the state for low income people with disabilities, as determined by Circuit Breaker eligibility. Currently, Circuit Breaker is a program that provides property tax grants, license plates discounts and prescription drug assistance to people with disabilities who meet income requirements. It would be expanded to determine eligibility for free rides on CTA, Metra and PACE. The transit providers have not yet announced how they will implement the program, but have 60 days to do so once the governor signs the legislation.