The first day for Chicago Public Schools is Monday, August 21.
The free rides are available to all Chicago-area students in K-12, as well as their accompanying parent or guardian.
The program is called "First Day, Free Rides" — all thanks to the CTA and Butcher Boy Cooking Oils. It is a back-to-school tradition in Chicago. In 2022, the program provided free rides to nearly 49,000 students and guardians.
"We strive to provide Chicagoland students a convenient and affordable means of transportation to and from school, and we want the first day back in the classroom to help set up a successful school year," said CTA President Dorval R. Carter, Jr. said in a statement.
This is the second year that Metra and Pace have offered free rides to students on the first day of classes. K-12 students attending any public or private school can ride buses and trains for free from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Metra and the CTA also offer reduced fares for students during the entire school year.