“The region’s bus and rail systems are providing an average of 3.1 million free rides a month at a cost of at least $49 million a year.” — Chicago Tribune, October 30.

“The least the three transit agencies [the CTA, Metra, and Pace] wanted last week was a lifting of the free rides for senior citizens, a move that would have saved them up to $37 million.” — Chicago Tribune, November 1.