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Monday, March 31, 2014

Illinois Benefit Access - People with Disabilities Ride Free Program & Senior Ride Free Program, (Formerly Circuit Breaker Program)

If you are an Illinois resident, and currently enrolled in the Illinois Department on Aging’s Benefit Access Program (Formerly Circuit Breaker Program) as a person with a disability, or senior citizen (aged 65 or older) , you are eligible for free public transit on fixed routes.

Every other year, submit a completed Benefit Access Application. Check the box for yourself (and for your spouse) in the application to indicate that you/ or you and your spouse want to apply for the transit benefit.

You must meet all of the requirements of the Illinois Benefit Access program. See Do I qualify? for details.

Once you have filed for your benefits and are approved, you will be able to print a letter of eligibility from the Benefit Access program to show your local fixed-route transit system. It is your responsibility to contact the transit system you wish to ride. Please note that your local fixed-route transit system may still require a local transit ID.

To be determined eligible for these benefits, you must submit a Benefit Access Application on the Internet. Paper applications are not available.

For more information, call 1-800-252-8966 or 1-888-206-1327 

In northeastern Illinois (Chicago area) you may also contact the Regional Transit Authority for additional info; call (312) 913-3110 or visit, http://www.rtachicago.com/fare-programs/circuit-ride-free.html

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