Single Card will Allow Rides on CTA and I-GO Car Access
The Chicago Transit Board today approved a proposal by the Chicago Transit Authority and I-GO Car Sharing to launch a joint smart card that can be used to gain access to I-GO vehicles and ride the CTA. The program is part of CTA’s continued commitment to promote the use of public transportation by providing additional travel options for public transit users.
“CTA has worked to provide convenient connections for customers who ride our buses and trains,” said CTA President Ron Huberman. “This smart card will make it even easier to make the transition from one mode of transportation to the other.”
“Teaming up with I-GO makes transit even easier to use which is important as we continue to find ways to meet the diverse transportation needs of our customers,” said Chicago Transit Board Chairman Carole Brown.
“I-GO Car Sharing is pleased to partner with the CTA on this exciting new program,” said I-GO CEO Sharon Feigon. “We look forward to working with the CTA to further enhance the benefits of public transportation for all Chicago residents. We think the convenience of this card is an excellent step in the right direction.”
With board approval, CTA and I-GO will commence development of the joint smart card. The program is expected to be launched by the end of the year. Individuals who wish to register for a Chicago Card Plus and are eligible for an I-GO membership will have the opportunity to participate in the program. Customers who register online for both services will receive a single card that can be used to ride the CTA and unlock their reserved I-GO vehicle.
Currently, there are I-GO cars at 10 CTA locations with plans to expand to eight more.
I-GO Car Sharing, an affiliate of the Center for Neighborhood Technology, is a Chicago-based non-profit committed to economical and environmentally sound transportation choices.