DOWNTOWN — Kids can take the bus or train for free on the first day of school for Chicago Public Schools.
Elementary and high school students, as well as adults accompanying them, can get the free ride on Sept. 3. The rides are offered through the First Day, Free Rides program, which has been a city tradition since 2011.
The rides are meant to ensure students can attend their first day of school, “which is critically important to their success throughout the year,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said in a news release.
Normally, students have to pay for their CTA rides to and from school on weekdays, but they receive a discounted rate.
Last year, the program provided about 130,000 free rides to students and their parents or guardians, according to the news release.