License Plate Discounts and RTA Discounts in Illinois

One benefit low income seniors in Illinois may not be aware of is the license plate discount!  There is also a benefit for RTA (Chicago area) reduced rides.  You may receive a $75 discount on ONE license plate registration in Illinois.  The information can be found here: http://www.illinois.gov/aging/BenefitsAccess/Pages/Eligibility%20and%20Frequently-Asked-Questions.aspx.  An example of the reduced fare program is one I found yesterday: The regular fare on the Union Pacific from Wheaton to Chicago is $5.50 one way; with a reduced fare pass it’s only $2.50!

There is a simple online form to complete and return with a copy of your Illinois driver’s license and proof of income for the license plate discount.  At the same time, you can be approved for the reduced fare program.  However, you will have to complete another form for the RTA, and you will be issued a card to use for this purpose.  You will need to include a passport-sized photo with this application.  A free passport photo can be taken at their offices if you can get downtown to do it (the office is at 69 W Washington St, downtown Chicago).

These simple tasks can really save money on transportation costs for low income seniors during the year.

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Published in: on September 18, 2014 at 3:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

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