CTA offers penny rides for New Year’s holiday

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The Chicago Transit Authority reminds riders that it is offering penny rides on buses and trains for the New Year’s holiday.

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Transit Authority reminds riders that it is offering penny rides on buses and trains for the New Year’s holiday.

The CTA said Wednesday that the penny service starts late Friday evening, Dec. 31, and continues through early morning on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1. CTA president Richard Rodriguez says the penny rides are meant to encourage people to leave their vehicles at home and "let the CTA be their designated driver over the New Year’s holiday." The CTA says the penny rides also helps reduce traffic congestion by keeping more drivers off the road.

The penny rides over the holiday are a 25-year tradition for the CTA.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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