Gov. Pat Quinn says a new law requiring universal fare cards will transform mass transit in the Chicago area.
The governor signed a bill Thursday that gives Metra, Pace and the Chicago Transit Authority until 2015 to come up with a universal card for riders. It also requires a real-time, web-based arrival information and takes the first step toward providing WiFi connectivity on trains and buses.
"We want to make it a seamless system so that people can get to work, get to school, get to where they've got to go, and do it in an affordable way," said Quinn.
He said the improvements will make public transportation more convenient, boost economic development and increase access to higher education.