Ride Free Permit Expiration Date Quickly Approaching

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The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) is reminding riders that the expiration date of September 30 on Ride Free permits, used by qualifying persons with disabilities, is quickly approaching. If riders have not applied for the State of Illinois Benefit Access Program (BAP) they are encouraged to do so now in advance of the rapidly approaching expiration date. Seniors, who have recently received a letter from the RTA, are also strongly encouraged to apply with the BAP program, if they have not yet done so. The RTA is required by law to issue these permits to individuals who have been approved by the BAP program. There are two ways to apply for eligibility through BAP:

From any computer or mobile device, visit the Illinois Department of Aging Benefit Access Program website at www.illinois.gov/aging and click on the “Benefit Access” tab.

If assistance is needed filling out the online form to confirm eligibility for the Illinois Benefit Access Program, an applicant may do one of the following:

  • Chicago residents can visit any of the City of Chicago’s six Regional Senior Centers Monday through Friday, between 8:30 AM and 3:30PM. Riders can call 311 to find the closest Regional Senior Center or
  • Call the Illinois Department on Aging at (800) 252-8966 to find a conveniently located center where staff can assist in filling the application.

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