South Shore commuters in the Chicago area gained an easier way to purchase tickets with the introduction of the South Shore app, which was launched by mobile ticketing technology provider Bytemark on Monday.
Operated by the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD), which partnered with Bytemark to develop the app, the South Shore line is an interurban commuter rail that connects South Bend, Ind. with Chicago. The line runs 41 trains per weekday and 21 trains on weekend days.
“We are happy to offer a more convenient method for passengers to purchase their tickets,” NICTD General Manager Gerald Hanas said. “We anticipate that mobile ticketing technology will become more popular as passengers discover just how easy it is to use.”
The app, which is available for free for both iOS and Android devices, allows commuters to purchase their ticket, which can then be shown to train conductors on as proof of purchase. Train schedules and a system map of stops are also available through the app, and groups traveling together have the option to purchase multiple passes on one device.
Additionally, the app is PCI-compliant and accepts Discover, MasterCard and American Express payments.
“Bytemark is excited to partner with NICTD to launch the South Shore App,” Micah Bergdale, the CEO of Bytemark, which provides mobile ticketing and payment solutions for transit, attractions and events, said. “Mobile ticketing is becoming a standard for transit systems around the world, and we are pleased to provide our flexible and secure mobile ticketing solution to commuters across Indiana and Illinois.”