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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Illinois 2014 Free Public Transit Ride programs for Seniors and People with Disabilities, (formerly Circuit Breaker)

as posted in 2014 by the  Illinois Department on Aging

Benefit Access Program Benefits
(formerly 'Circuit Breaker Program") 
  • Seniors Free Transit Ride
  • Persons with Disabilities Free Transit Ride
  • Secretary of State License Plate Discount 
To be determined eligible for these benefits, you must submit a Benefit Access Application on the Internet. Paper applications are not available. Please note that current processing times to determine eligibility of your Benefits Access Application is 4-6 weeks. 
Once your application is approved you may print a certificate of eligibility to take to your local transit authority or Secretary of State Office. Please wait 10 business days from the date of your approval for your discount to be available. You can check the website at anytime to determine your application status.
Please note that if you are applying for an RTA Ride Free Transit Card, the deadline for renewal has been extended. Please see the Ride Free Transit Benefit page for further details.
We want to thank everyone for their patience and understanding during this transition and welcome you to the Benefit Access Program.
If you have questions or would like to locate a Senior Health Assistance Program (SHAP) site near you for assistance, contact the Senior HelpLine at 1-800-252-8966, 1-888-206-1327 (TTY).

BENEFIT ACCESS / Links to more informationBenefit Access Application
Benefit Access Training Application Webinar
Frequently Asked Questions
License Plate Discount
Ride Free Transit Benefit

Apply Online

To file your application on the Internet,
link to the Benefit Access Application to apply online.
For information or help applying, visit a local office of the following:
neighborhood senior center​ (PDF)
Call toll-free:
1-800-252-8966 or 1-888-206-1327 (TTY)
Note: Have your Social Security number ready when you call.

Write to:
Illinois Department on Aging
One Natural Resources Way, Suite 100
Springfield, IL 62702-1271
E-mail to: 

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