Plan would let transit riders pay with phone

May 26, 2009 2:46:56 PM PDT
Chicago-area transit may go high-tech. The Regional Transportation Authority is considering a plan that would let riders pay fares with their cell phones. Tuesday's Chicago Tribune reports the plan would eliminate the need for cash or passes on the CTA, Metra and Pace. Riders would just wave their phones over a sensor and the fare would be automatically deducted from their online accounts.

The phones would have to be equipped with special microchips that allow secure communications between the phones and sensors.