Free Fare Pilot Program Map

Proposal: Low income students who are eligible for subsidized lunches should additionally be eligible to receive free transportation to/from school

 Proven Results: Mayor Emanuel CTA Free Fare Pilot Program

  • 5 Chicago Public High Schools participated in pilot study in 2012

  • Clemente, Sullivan, Wells, Richards ,Team Englewood

  • Sample of 500 students

  • 100 students per school

  • Students & Parents signed Transportation Incentive Program(T.I.P) contract

 Pilot evaluated by University of Chicago: Pilot Program Results

  • 5% increase in attendance rates among T.I.P. students

  • Estimated 9 more instructional days for T.I.P. students

  • Increased Annual Revenue to CPS per T.I.P. student: $999

Tracking Capabilities

  • When distributing CTA Ventra cards to students, CPS schools pre program a bus stop nearest to their school location and the student’s home location

  • At these specific stops, during the designated daily time period, students’ cards will not be charged for riding the bus

Cost to Society When Students Don’t Go to School

  • Male High School Dropouts are 47 times more likely to be incarcerated than their peers of a similar age who graduate from college.

  • Cook County accounted for a disproportionately large number of juvenile arrests, 64 percent, despite the fact that Cook accounts for only 39 percent of the youth population in Illinois.

  • From 2013­-2014 there were 39, 279 juvenile arrests in Chicago.

  • In 2013, 53.2% of arrests were for youth under 16.

The Right Solution for Right Now

  • CPS schools’ budgets, generation of savings

  • Improving school attendance

  • Reducing youth violence

  • Restoring the public’s faith in city government