CTA and I-GO to Partner on Combined Chicago Card Plus and I-GO Smartcard

I-GO Car Sharing and the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) announced today the launch of a joint smart card program that will allow individuals to use one card for both riding the CTA and accessing I-GO vehicles. There are currently 10 CTA locations with I-GO vehicles and plans to add 8 more. I-GO has 200 cars in 32 Chicago neighborhoods. The combined smart card program is expected to launch by the end of the year.

3 Responses to “CTA and I-GO to Partner on Combined Chicago Card Plus and I-GO Smartcard”

  1. chris Says:

    This is a fantastic development. Way to be ahead of the curve CTA and I-GO!

  2. espio Says:

    If we currently have both a Chicago Card Plus and an I-GO card, will we be able to combine our existing accounts on this new card, or will we have to sign up for new accounts?

  3. Craig Says:

    Ultimately, yes, that’s the plan. But for now, this is a pilot program that still is being fine-tuned, and only 5,000 cards will initially be dispensed. Both the CTA and I-GO would like to get the ball rolling by attracting new members and broadening usage of both the CTA’s online transit card system and car sharing — two programs that have met with success, but could certainly use more of a push to encourage wider acceptance. We would like to reserve a small number of the initial batch of cards for existing I-GO members, and if you’d like to be considered for one of those when they’re available, you can enter your name and email via a survey prompt on our home page at http://www.igocars.org. Eventually, though, we hope the program will meet with enough success to broaden it and make cards available to all current I-GO and CTA account holders.

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