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1/16/2004



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CTA to introduce online account-based farecard




On Jan. 19, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) plans to unveil the Chicago Card Plus™ — an electronic farecard that passengers can manage via an online account.

The card is designed to automatically charge a customer’s credit card for a predetermined amount each time an account reaches $10, providing passengers enough value on their card during 24-hour data processing. Customers also can check card balances and change preferences online.

Chicago Card Plus can be used as a 30-day pass or a pay-per-use card.

In April, the card will be available as part of the authority’s Transit Benefit program, which deducts fares from an employee’s pre-tax payroll if they work for a participating employer.

CTA is the country’s first transit agency to offer an account-based system, according to a prepared statement.


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