RTA Passes for Seniors & those with Disabilities

RTA Reduced Fare and Ride Free Permit Card

The Village of Schaumburg is one of the region's RTA's processing centers where you can fill out an application to receive the RTA Reduced Fare and Ride Free Permit Card. This card is available for seniors or for people with a disability and allows qualifying riders to ride Metra, Pace buses, and CTA buses and trains at a reduced rate.


Who Can Apply

Reduced Fare Permit Card - All individuals 65 years old and older and individuals with disabilities who who are ineligible for the RTA Ride Free Card. Note that Seniors may apply within three (3) weeks of their 65th birthday.

Ride Free Permit Card -  Individuals 65 years old and older and individuals with disabilities who are enrolled in the Illinois Department on Aging’s Benefit Access program. Applicants must be enrolled in the Benefit Access Program before applying. Schaumburg residents can enroll in the Benefit Access Program at your local township. If you are unsure if you enrolled, you can call village staff at 847.923.3861.

  • Annual income requirements to be eligible for the Benefit Access Program:
    • $27,610 - for yourself
    • $36,635 - for yourself and your spouse, or yourself and one qualified additional household resident
    • $45,657 - for yourself and your spouse and at least one qualified additional resident, or yourself and at least two qualified household residents

How to Apply for the RTA Reduced Fare and Ride Free Permit Card at the Village of Schaumburg

Where to Go:

Robert O. Atcher Municipal Center
101 Schaumburg Court
8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday

The Transportation Department is located at the lower level of the building. Please call 847.923.3861 or email Norma Higgins at nhiggins@schaumburg.com if you require special assistance. For persons requiring an elevator, please enter the building at the main entrance by the flag pole.

What to Bring

  • A photo ID - Only requirement if you are a Senior applying for the Reduced Fare Permit Card.
    • Drivers License, State ID, or a Passport. ID cards that have expired will not be accepted as identification.
  • Proof of Disability (If Applicable). Choose one of the following options below and bring the required documents (no more than 12 months old) to apply. Staff will then make a copy of the documents.
    • Social Security Validation:
      • A current printout of their Social Security Benefits statement that states the words, "disabled individual" or the letters "DI" after their Social Security number of claim number.
    • Medicare Validation:
      • A copy of your Medicare Card (NOT Medicaid), and
      • A current Social Security Benefit Statement
    • Veterans Validation:
      • If the applicant has a service-connected disability, he/she must submit a copy of a benefit letter from the Veterans Administration.
    • Doctors Validation - Must be filled out before you apply:
    • State Disability ID Card:
      • Applicants can provide a copy of their State of Illinois ID card that was issued due to a disability. The word DISABLED appears on the face of the card.
  • Proof of Benefit Access Program Enrollment for Ride Free Eligibility (if applicable):
    • Staff has the ability to look up your information and print out your certificate.

The Village of Schaumburg Transportation Department will:

  • Provide you with an application to fill out which includes your name, address, date of birth, and phone number
  • Make a copy of your ID and any other required documents
  • Take your picture

 The village will then mail your application with the copy of your ID, supporting documents, and photograph to the RTA. The RTA will create the Reduce or Free Fare Permit ID and mail it to your home address provided on the application.

Allow up to six (6) weeks from the application date to receive your Card.


Replacement Cards

If your Card is lost or stolen, you must fill out a replacement application. Applications are available at the village’s Transportation Department or call the RTA 847.836.7000. The fee is $5 for the first replacement and $10 for each additional replacement. You will be required to mail the application and payment directly to the RTA. It is not necessary to submit another photograph and picture ID.


Expiring or Expired Cards

If your Card has expired or is expiring soon, you need to re-apply. Simply call an RTA Customer Service Representative at 847.836.7000 between 8:30 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. Please have your social security number and the ID number on the bottom of your permit ready.


Ride Free Program Changes

Please follow the link to find more information on updates and changes to the RTA Free and Reduced Fare permit cards. RTA Fare Programs for Seniors and Disabled Persons.