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CTA installs credit card-accepting ticket machines at several stations


The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is installing new express farecard vending machines at several stations, enabling passengers to use credit and debit cards to purchase and add value to farecards.

The first five of 60 machines — purchased under part of a larger contract with Cubic Transportation Systems — have been installed at the O’Hare, Merchandise Mart, Clark/Lake, Adams/Jackson and Midway stations. After a 30-day test period, the remaining 55 machines will be installed at more than 45 other stations. Then, CTA will relocate some of its existing cash-based farecard vending machines to stations that currently have only one machine available.