Reduced Fare Permits

Reduced Fare Permits

RTA issued Reduced Fare Permits allow seniors and persons with qualifying disabilities to ride at a reduced rate on CTA, Metra and Pace buses and trains.  Brochure- English  Brochure- Spanish

Senior Reduced Fare

All individuals 65 years old and older who are ineligible for the RTA Ride Free Program are eligible to receive a reduced fare permit. Senior Application

Persons with Disabilities Reduced Fare

All persons with a qualifying disability who are ineligible for the RTA Ride Free Program are eligible to receive a reduced fare permit. To qualify, individuals must submit proof of disability.  If receiving Social Security disability benefits, a printout from Social Security, dated within the current year with the word “disabled" on the printout is required.  If not receiving disability payments from Social Security, a doctor must fill out the proof of disability form located within the application and attach a letter of diagnosis to the application. Persons with Disabilities Application

To Apply, Please Provide: 

  • A completed application
  • A copy of a government-issued picture identification card that verifies your age (driver's license, state of Illinois ID card, alien registration card or passport).
  • A wallet-sized color photo of yourself that is approximately 2" square. 
    • Please do not wear a hat, scarf or sunglasses in the photo. 

Reduced Fare permit applicants are able to apply in person or by mail:

You should receive your new reduced fare permit within 3-4 weeks.


Medicare card holders:

Individuals with a valid Medicare card is eligible for a reduced fare permit. To apply as a Medicare cardholder, you will need verification of Medicare status. You can obtain a printout verifying your status by calling the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213, by visiting a Social Security Administration Office, or by downloading a statement on the Social Security web site at

Individuals with Medicare cards who DO NOT HAVE A DISABILITY and are under the age of 65 must provide a copy of their Medicare card and proof of current Medicare eligibility. 

Renewing Reduced Fare Permits

All reduced fare permit cardholders with an expired permit or a permit with an upcoming expiration date on the front of the card will need to re-apply.  Reduced Fare Permits do not auto-renew.  Please follow the same application directions as above to apply. 

Lost, Stolen or Damaged Cards

If your reduced fare permit is lost, stolen or damaged, you must fill out a replacement application. The fee is $5.00 for the first replacement and $10.00 for each additional replacement. It is not necessary to submit another photo. Payment can be made with a check or money order; cash is not accepted.

Download a replacement application, or call (312) 913-3110 to have one mailed to you.