Joint CTA/I-GO Card Makes Car Sharing Even More Convenient

This joint CTA/I-GO smart card is the only one in North America that provides access to public transit and car sharing vehicles.

This joint CTA/I-GO smart card is the only one in North America that provides access to public transit and car sharing vehicles.

“I-GO sees itself as a form of public transportation that provides the last mile solution for the CTA.” That’s the good word from reporter John Skelly, Jr., writing about I-GO’s partnership with the CTA for Northwestern University’s Medill Reports.

The article describes the motivating factors behind the 2008 development of the Chicago Card Plus/I-GO Card, a joint smartcard offered by I-GO Car Sharing that lets its members access both I-GO vehicles and CTA trains and buses. There are about 1,800 cards in circulation. The result: cost savings across transportation modes and a progressive re-thinking of how public transit can fit within a mixture of services to better meet the needs of a metropolitan population.

“You could have the most extensive transit system in the world but every rail line has to have an end. If you have I-GO cars at a station, people can take a car,” says I-GO’s Business Development Manager, Richard Kosmacher. I-GO is a CNT affiliate.

Learn more at http://www.igocars.org/