Here’s how to get your free gas or transit card worth up to $150 in Chicago this spring – NBC Chicago
As Chicago faces some of the highest gas prices in the country, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced that residents will now have the option to receive free gas and transit passes citywide. .
The “Chicago Moves” initiative will issue up to 50,000 preloaded gas cards worth $150 each, which will be distributed to residents through a lottery system, Lightfoot said at a press conference.
“People need to be able to get to work, to school, to places of worship, to doctor’s offices, to grocery stores,” Lightfoot said. “The goal of this program is to facilitate these moves.”
The city will also issue 100,000 preloaded transit cards worth $50, the mayor added. Chicago is notably the first major city to create such a program to provide some relief from rising gas prices.
Chicago residents can begin applying for the cards on April 27, pending city council approval, the mayor said. Applications are limited to one per household.
The cards will be distributed from May to waves of 10,000 inhabitants. To be eligible, applicants must:
- Be a resident of Chicago
- Be at least 18 years old
- Have a current and valid city sticker with the correct postal information for their vehicle
- Have a household income at or below 140% of the area median income for Chicago
The cards will be valid for one year after issuance and can only be spent on the cost of fuel at gas stations located within the city of Chicago, according to a statement.
“For the price of a gallon of gas, you can use the entire CTA system all over town all day. A 30-day pass, or four months of rides, costs almost as much as a tank of gasoline,” Chicago said. Chairman of the Transit Authority Dorval Carter, Jr.
Lightfoot noted that a “significant” amount of residents’ income goes towards gasoline, with many paying more than $70 to completely fill their vehicle’s tank.
“I know from talking to many residents that they are feeling the pressure. There are no ifs and buts or buts about it. would normally do because their money just doesn’t go that far. So my administration has been looking at various options to see how we can provide the greatest possible relief to as many residents as possible,” Lightfoot said.
High fuel prices, along with rising costs for groceries and other items, are hurting consumers tremendously, Lightfoot said. She said she would ask Raoul to investigate the rapid escalation in gas prices that occurred following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“I’m going to encourage the attorney general to look into this huge, rapid escalation in gasoline prices,” she said. “I’m very concerned about the gas gouging, and I’m not blaming anyone, but it’s worthy of the Attorney General to look into this because escalation really makes people pay.”
On Thursday, the national average price for a gallon of gasoline was $4,225, according to consumer group AAA. Illinois State saw its average drop slightly, but it still remains above the national average at $4.463 per gallon.
Aside from the West Coast, Illinois has some of the highest gas prices in the nation as of Thursday, according to AAA data.
In the city of Chicago, the average price of a gallon of gasoline is $4,843, about two cents lower than the record price of $4,868 set Monday.
Currently, the City of Chicago charges $0.08 per gallon in fuel tax. Cook County also has a tax of $0.06 on each gallon of fuel, and the state of Illinois has a tax of $0.39 per gallon.