June 17, 2003
Listen Up CTA

Paul has put together an excellent proposal that the CTA could use to promote the more widespread adoption of the new Chicago Card.

I've held off on buying one for at least one of Paul's reasons - if I can't charge it up online, why bother? But his other suggestions are just as cogent (if somewhat deprivacy-izing, to coin a word).

Recommended if you live here in Chicago. And since I carry a Metrocard around - at least THEY take credit cards to recharge), maybe the MTA should give the ideas a listen as well. Some of them were in the original charter of their launch, if memory serves....

Posted by esinclai at June 17, 2003 05:30 PM |

I got one. I think it's swell. No, the technology is too far advanced from a regular farevard, but it's easier to use and sturdier in my wallet.

I agree that a system that allows you to charge it online would be great. But I have a hard time imagining how it could be implemented, since buses don't really have a steady network connection to the central computer. (I'm sure credit cards will come sooner or later, don't worry.)

Posted by: brian on June 22, 2003 08:40 PM
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