Transit agencies and other providers are working hard to connect Health Care Workers and First Responders between hospitals, work, hotels, and homes. As transportation options evolve, we will update them here.
Doctors, nurses, EMTs, paramedics and other medical personnel on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic will now be able to ride free on Metra trains for the duration of the state’s “stay at home” order.
To ride free, medical personnel only need to present a work ID showing that they are employed at a hospital, doctor’s office, medical facility or local fire department to a Metra conductor.
Fees are now waived on all fixed-route and ADA paratransit services for the duration of the stay-at-home order.
Please be aware that Pace will waive the $3 City of Chicago Taxi Access Program (TAP) fare beginning at 12:01 AM on Monday, March 23. Riders are still required to swipe their TAP card at the end of their trip, but no money will be taken from their account. Riders will still be responsible for any taxi fare amount over $30 and City of Chicago fees. This policy will remain in place indefinitely.
For use only by ADA Paratransit-eligible riders certified by the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA). You must have an active TAP card to purchase TAP rides.
CTA offers free rides to police officers in or bordering their own municipality in full uniform or who can present a police star, badge or police ID if they are not in uniform. All Chicago firefighters also pay no fare if they are in uniform in their municipality.
CTA buses and trains are continuing to run service for essential needs. For those not riding at this time, CTA is offering transit value credits for unused days on active passes. If those using the system, CTA buses are boarding from rear doors and skipping stops if necessary to allow for social distancing. Please check www.transitchicago.com/coronavirus for the latest information.
Divvy Half Price Bike Share Memberships
Divvy is working with the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) to offer half off annual memberships ($49.50) and $1 Single Rides through April 30.
In partnership with CDOT, Divvy is also launching a 30-day program to give critical Health Care Workers free bikeshare memberships. Through April 30, eligible Health Care Workers can sign up through their employer to access unlimited 45-minute trips on classic bikes for 30 days. Reach out to herobikes@Lyft.com if you are an essential healthcare organization and want to participate in the program.