Transportation for Adults with Autism

CTA Reduced Fare & Free Ride Programs

People with disabilities ride free! If you are an Illinois resident, and currently enrolled in the Illinois Department on Aging’s Benefit Access Program as a person with a disability, you are eligible for free transit on fixed routes operated by the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Metra and Pace. Learn more here. 
Application here.

Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) 

Can help with cost and installation for vehicle modifications for those in a vocational program. If a vehicle
is necessary for you to obtain vocational rehabilitation services or to accomplish your employment goals, DRS may also fund a driver’s evaluation and training under these same conditions. Find an office in your area or call (800) 843-6154.

Driving With a Disability

Having a disability doesn’t bar you from having the freedom and independence of driving. Driving is possible for many people who have a disability. With the help of specialized driving courses and new adaptive equipment, driving while having a disability is becoming easier and more accessible every day.

Hop on the bus to independence workshop
Sarah Armour, business assistant
(847) 869-0000

Learn to us public transportation for safe and independent travel. What happens during the 90-minute hop on the bus workshop? The training team works with participants to learn the on-line trip planner. Pace Suburban Bus staff takes participants on a real Pace bus to explore how it works and what participants need to know. Any public or private school, agency or service provider that works with individuals with disabilities ages 14 and older within the six county area served by Pace Suburban Bus (Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, Will). What's required? A minimum of 8 participants with disabilities plus staff, supporters and/or family members; completion of a pre and post survey by staff and/or participants; availability of a classroom with internet access at your site; outside space to park a Pace bus at your site.

Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities: MOPD's Disability Resource Unit 

121 N LaSalle St Chicago IL 60602
MOPD Field Office: 2102 West Ogden Avenue Chicago, IL. 60612

Provides the following services: Information and Assistance: Rapid Transit (RTA) Reduced Fare and Free Ride Permit Applications new, renewal, and replacement, Benefit Access Application, Social Security Disability questions, Information and Referrals to other non-profits 

PACE - Paratransit Service

In order to use PACE/ADA Paratransit Service, customers must first apply for eligibility with the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA). The RTA ADA Paratransit Certification Program determines eligibility for complementary paratransit service operated by Pace throughout the July 15, 2016 Pace ADA Paratransit Service - City of Chicago Customer Guide 4 region's six-county ADA service area. To apply for ADA Paratransit, call the RTA ADA Paratransit Certification program at 312-663-HELP (4357) between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, to request an application. Must be 12 years or older to ride independently.

Regional Transportation Authority (RTA)

Travel Training Program
(312) 913-3203

Program teaches individuals with disabilities and older adults how to use CTA, Metra and Pace buses and trains. RTA travel training program offers three types of training tailored to meet each participant's needs: trip training; individual transit orientation; and group transit orientation. Travel training sessions are provided by professionals who have experience working with people with disabilities and older adults, and are knowledgeable about transportation accessibility.

Special Needs Chicago

Michelle Dacy
507 S. Naperville Road Wheaton, IL 60187
(630) 668-9999

Provides non-emergency, door-to-door wheelchair accessible rides throughout the Chicago metropolitan area (city and suburbs).  They offer great customer service, reliability and convenience for your patients. Ages: under 16 years - must be accompanied by an adult.

Taxi Access Program (TAP)

Pace's Taxi Access Program (TAP) allows ADA Paratransit eligible riders to hail a Chicago taxi for their transportation needs, instead of riding ADA Paratransit. To use TAP, you must be certified for ADA Paratransit by the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) and you must have an active TAP card to purchase TAP rides. Once you have your TAP card, for only $3 per ride you can buy one-way taxi rides worth up to $30 per ride. You can take up to 8 one-way taxi rides per day. Unlike ADA paratransit, there's no need to reserve a trip a day in advance. You can call or hail a taxi at your convenience.
TEMPORARY FARE CHANGE: Please be aware that Pace is waiving the $3 City of Chicago Taxi Access Program (TAP) fare, effective March 23, 2020. Riders are still required to swipe their TAP card at the end of their trip, but no money will be taken from your account. Riders will still be responsible for any taxi fare amount over $30 and City of Chicago fees. This policy is in place indefinitely. If you aren't yet enrolled in TAP, call 1-833-PACE-TAP (833-722-3827) to order a card. Wheelchair-accessible (WAV) taxicab ride in Chicago by calling 888-WAV-CABS (1-888-928-2227). This service is administered by CURB.  For general questions and concerns about TAP, call Pace at 800-606-1282, option 4.