Discussion related to commuter rail and rapid transit operations in the Chicago area including the South Shore Line, Metra Rail, and Chicago Transit Authority.

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  by jstolberg
By Jan. 1, 2015, it must develop and implement a system in which customers can use credit or debit cards, or contactless credit cards, to buy a ticket good for all fares and all transfers on all three transit systems.

The law requires that the RTA conduct a study of the feasibility of providing free WiFi on every bus and train by Jan. 1, 2012. Metra actually is required to implement the system by then, provided it can do so at no cost to itself.
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/section/ ... d=blogDest

This could be quite a technology upgrade. It will be interesting to see how Metra writes the bid request. "How much will you pay us to install your wi-fi equipment on all our trains and push ads to our riders?"