Someday soon you'll be able to use you debit or credit card to pay CTA fares instead of the CTA-issued smart card - the Chicago Card or Chicago Card Plus. The CTA yesterday formally issued a Request for Proposal on the design, implementation, and operation of its so-called open fare collection system. (CTA Tattler wrote about this last year.)
The CTA says 12 companies have already contacted them. Here's the official word on this from CTA prez Richard Rodriguez:
"Reducing our expenses by continuing to leverage emerging technologies allows us to maximize our limited financial resources. The CTA will be able to update our fare equipment without an upfront capital cost. Our riders would have a more convenient, streamlined fare payment and reload option and our farecard partner would be able to expand their presence in the Chicago market by working with other retailers interested in offering promotions to the millions the CTA serves each day."
All I want to know is this: Will this mean I won't have to replace my Chicago Card Plus every 6 to 12 months?