The Illinois Department on Aging Circuit Breaker Program will increase its household income eligibility by up to nearly $9,000 on January 1, 2010.  The measure comes after the Illinois General Assembly recently passed HB 366. The new income eligibility limits will allow more people with disabilities to be eligible for various programs, including the RTA’s People with Disabilities Ride Free Program.  

“The new eligibility increase will not only lighten the financial burden for more people with disabilities but hopefully encourage our riders to explore using our fixed route services, which will give them more independence,” said Steve Schlickman, RTA Executive Director.   

Currently, the People with Disabilities Ride Free program has issued more than 40,000 permits that are used on the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Metra and Pace. Participants of the People with Disabilities Ride Free program must first be enrolled in the Circuit Breaker program.   

How to qualify for the Circuit Breaker Program:

  • You must be 16 years of age or older before January 1, 2010, and qualify as disabled
  • You must live in Illinois at the time you file your application

 New Income Threshold:                               

  • Household of 1, $27,610 a year, previously $22,218
  • Household of 2, $36,635 a year, previously $29,480
  • Household of 3, $45,657 a year, previously $36,740

To learn how to enroll in the People with Disabilities Ride Free Program, visit www.rtachicago.com.