Chicago Public Transit officials say they’re making changes to how they choose routes to help ease traffic on city streets, while encouraging people to take transit.
The city has more than 1.3 million transit trips each weekday.
The agency will begin issuing yellow cabs and buses for bus riders who can’t get a bus.
The new routes will be free, but riders will pay for a fare when they board, which should improve the experience for some people.
Officials say the changes won’t make any changes to current service.
The agency says it will also offer free rides for seniors and disabled riders.
It will also introduce a free, monthly pass for seniors that will be used for rides to the zoo, the Capitol Hill neighborhood and other destinations.
The Chicago Tribune reports the changes could save the city millions of dollars a year.
Transit officials say the new routes could reduce travel times to about 25 minutes from an average of more than 45 minutes for some routes.
The goal is to reduce the number of trips taken each weekday by about 50%.
The transit agency also says it plans to expand service to all major urban centers including Chicago’s financial district and downtown.
Cleveland officials say in their proposal to the Federal Transit Administration that they’re also reducing fares to help make the system more attractive to residents and tourists.
Clevelands proposal, which was published Thursday, is similar to the ones issued by cities around the country.
Officials in the city say the city is not charging for trips.
But they are looking for ways to increase ridership, and offer discounted fares for bus rides for people who can get a ride.