One Fare Card, Three Transit Systems

<p>Transit officials in Chicago plan to introduce a fare card that riders will be able to use on the city's three public transportation systems.</p>
April 15, 2007, 9am PDT | Nate Berg
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After a long history of resisting the idea, the agencies are putting the finishing touches on a plan to offer a joint transit pass, officials confirmed."

"Creation of the new integrated transit pass, which officials plan to announce in the coming weeks, is expected to be popular with riders who have long complained about the inconvenience of the current system."

"Officials hope to have a working proposal completed within the next 30 days so it could be presented to CTA, Metra and Pace directors."

"Worldwide, there are very few truly integrated transit fare systems. Even the Paris transit system, often identified as the standard, does not have integrated fares with the commuter rail lines serving the suburbs outside Paris."

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Published on Sunday, April 15, 2007 in The Chicago Tribune
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