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.
Hop on the bus to independence workshop
Sarah Armour, business assistant
Learn to us public transportation for safe and independet travel. What happens during the 90-minute hop on the bus workshop? The jjslist.com training team works with participants to learn the rtachicago.com 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.
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.
Travel Training Program
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.
507 S. Naperville Road
Wheaton, IL 60187
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. Available for all ages; individuals under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult.