In 2016, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's First Day, Free Rides program provided approximately 128,000 free rides to students and their parents or guardians on the first day of school, according to a statement from his office.
“Convenient and reliable transportation is an important factor in a student’s success in the classroom,” Emanuel said. “Thousands of Chicago Public Schools students rely on public transportation to travel to and from their classes, and by providing free rides on the first day we can getting them started on the right note.”
The free rides are also available to anyone else who takes public transportation that day.
During the rest of the year, elementary and high school students pay 75 cents to ride the CTA from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday when school is in session. Outside of school hours, children age 7-11 pay $1 to ride the bus and $1.10 to ride the train.
For more information, go to transitchicago.com.