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No More Free Ride for Illinois Seniors

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Some Illinois senior citizens will have to resume paying for public transportation after a break of more than two years.

Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Monday that ends a policy of letting all senior citizens ride free on mass transit systems. Now, elderly people above a certain income level will have to pay.

For a single person, that income level is $27,610 a year. In a two-person household, it will be $36,635.

Quinn’s office says nearly 60 percent of seniors currently riding for free will still qualify. The change is supposed to save $30 million.

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich established the free ride program in late 2008.

Copyright Associated Press

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