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New CTA Card Machines Will Accept Credit Cards

By Margaret Lyons in News on Mar 3, 2008 7:25PM


Finally! The CTA is introducing new machines that let you buy transit passes with your debit or credit card. Welcome to the future, CTA! By "the future" we mean "the present" or "several years ago." But welcome, nonetheless.

The minimum value you can buy or add with your plastic is $5 and the max is $25 per day (as a security measure, according to the press release) for Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card and American Express credit and debit cards. The CTA will be installing 60 of these card-taking bad boys all over town, but the first five are going in at O’Hare, Merchandise Mart, Clark and Lake, Adams and Jackson, and Midway. [CTA]

CTA bears, just because we get a kick out of them (plus you already know what credit cards look like), via the CTA's gift shop