CTA, Metra and Pace offer Active Duty Reduced Fare or Free Rides


CHICAGO –The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) is urging military personnel to consider transit for their Veteran’s Day festivities. The RTA, along with the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Metra and Pace, appreciate the men and women who serve and protect our country and are reminding riders that the Service Boards provide free and reduced fares to qualifying veterans and military personnel.

Qualifying veterans and military personnel, persons with disabilities or older adults, may be eligible for an RTA Reduced Fare or Ride Free permit. For more information about veteran fares, visit www.RTAChicago.org or call the RTA Customer Service Center at 312-913-3110. The RTA Customer Service Center, 69 W. Washington, Pedway, Chicago, will be open on Veteran’s Day, November 11th.


CTA provides free rides to uniformed military personnel on the CTA buses and trains. Qualifying disabled veterans and active duty military personnel not in uniform must present a valid CTA Military Service Pass (MSP) in order to ride free on CTA buses and trains. Visit http://www.transitchicago.com/travel_information/fares/military.aspx for more information. 


Metra provides active duty military personnel reduced fares on one-way and ten ride tickets with the proper military identification. Visit http://metrarail.com/metra/en/home/tickets.html?cq_ck=1251746486500#U.S.MilitaryFares for more information.


Pace provides free rides to uniformed military personnel who are on active duty.

Visit http://www.pacebus.com/sub/schedules/fare_information.asp for more information.




About the RTA

The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) is the only transit agency charged with regional financial oversight, funding, and transit planning for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Metra and Pace bus and paratransit.    The RTA region serves two million riders each weekday in six counties with 7,200 transit route miles throughout Northeastern Illinois.  The Agency also provides customer services including on-line and telephone travel planning assistance and travel training for seniors and people with disabilities.  For more information, visit www.RTAchicago.com.