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Quinn signs legislation to improve transit riders' experience

Last week, Ill. Governor Quinn signed legislation that will improve the experience of Chicago-area transit riders. The new legislation requires the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) to implement a universal fare card system for CTA, Metra and Pace by 2015.

With the new system, transfer fees will be coordinated so that transit riders will be able to change smoothly and affordably between all buses, trains and commuter rails in the region.

But that’s not all. The legislation also takes the first step toward making free wireless internet available to CTA, Metra and Pace riders. Imagine free wireless browsing on your commute!

The bill also gives Metra a little push by requiring that all fixed-route transit in the Chicago area provide web-based, on-time arrival information by July 1, 2012—something that the CTA already does.

Governor Quinn was joined at the signing by the bill’s sponsors Ald. Will Burns and Ill. Sen. Kwame Raoul, as well as representatives from RTA, CTA, Metra and Pace. We thank them all for working together on a real win for Chicagoland transit riders!
 

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