Free Bus Rides Axed for Rich Senior Citizens

“It’s going to take the whole system down if we don’t correct it now"

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    Grandma, grandpa, we have to talk.

    The Illinois House voted overwhelmingly today to scale back the free-rides-for-seniors program on public transit systems, the Sun-Times reports.

    The program was originally put in place by then Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

    Seniors making under $27,610 a year, or a couple making under $36,635, would continue to be able to ride for free.

    The Regional Transportation Authority would save $37 million a year if the cuts go through, Brassi says. The transit agency is running a roughly $90 million annual deficit.

    “It’s going to take the whole system down if we don’t correct it now,” said State Sen. Suzanne Bassi (R-Palatine), who proposed the fix.

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