The Chicago City Council has approved a transit-oriented development measure that will make more South and West side neighborhoods “places where people are more likely to hop a train to get to work or meet up with friends than jump in a car,” according to WTTW/Chicago PBS.

Transit Briefs: CTA/Metra, Metrolink, OCTA

The Chicago City Council has passed a measure allowing transit-oriented development within one-half mile of any Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) or Metra rail station. Also, Metra is seeking rider input to guide future commuter rail schedule changes; Southern California’s Metrolink has rolled out the first of 50 rehabbed railcars on its 538-route-mile commuter network; and Orange County (Calif.) Transportation Authority (OCTA) has awarded a ticket vending machine contract for its streetcar system.

Metro’s new fare collection system from INIT will allow riders to manage their accounts via web portal or smartphone app. (Metro)

For Houston’s Metro, New Fare Collection System

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (Metro) has selected INIT Innovations in Transportation, Inc., to supply a new contactless, account-based fare collection system (FCS) for the MetroRail light rail and bus system in Houston, Tex.