Free transit rides for most seniors will end on September 1, when the Regional Transportation Authority (IL) implements changes to the Seniors Ride Free program introduced when Rod Blagojevich was governor. According to The Chicago Tribune, about 415,000 seniors will transition from the free passes to half-price fares on Chicago-area fixed-route bus and rail services. Some 25,000 of current program participants are expected to qualify for continued free rides based on a means test. The new policy is expected to generate about $30 million in annual fare revenues for the Chicago Transit Authority, Metra, and Pace. Link to full story in The Chicago Tribune.