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February 11, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz @tracyswartz and RedEye
Brown and Purple Line riders, your commute will get a little loopy starting next month. Part of Brown and Purple Line service will shutter for nine-day periods in March and late April as the city overhauls the Wells Street Bridge. At the same time, the CTA is rebuilding the Loop junction at Lake and Wells Streets and fixing track along Hubbard Street that suffers from slow zones. Chicago Department of Transportation commissioner Gabe Klein said Monday that CTA riders will endure a "little bit of pain.
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October 3, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Chantal Sudbrack moved from Chicago to Cleveland four years ago and now only visits this city to see her family four to five times a year. The next time she comes to Chicago, she'll have a variety of ways to pay for transit. This past weekend, she received 274 Ventra cards in the mail to her Cleveland address. "My postman has been laughing," said Sudbrack, who said she has held onto her Chicago Card for her Chicago visits and verified her address to Ventra. Sudbrack, 38, is one of a few people who told RedEye they received dozens of Ventra cards after receiving multiple emails from Ventra, the CTA's new fare payment system, the weekend of Sept.
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February 25, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz @tracyswartz and RedEye
Time to get a new line, CTA. The agency has dusted off a version of its infamous "leave early, leave late, alternate" motto for the Wells Street bridge closure project, which begins Friday night and is slated to end before morning rush hour March 11. For more than nine days, riders will be subjected to Brown and Purple Line and Loop reroutes as the Chicago Department of Transportation overhauls the Wells Street bridge and the CTA replaces tracks...
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November 21, 2011 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
CTA riders, don't get excited to tap that pass just yet. The CTA board last week awarded a $454 million contract to Cubic Transportation Systems to devise a system that would allow CTA riders to use their credit and debit cards to pay their fares. Though the system is not expected to be implemented until 2014, Going Public has ID'd a few potential drawbacks to the proposal, which is a swipe in the right direction. > > Dollar back, ya'll: Cash would still be accepted on buses under the proposed system.
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May 15, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Starting Sunday, CTA riders will be able to transfer for free between the Lake Red Line and Washington Blue Line stations, the CTA announced Wednesday. CTA riders with a farecard currently pay 25 cents, the standard transfer fare, to travel between the stations using the pedway in the lower level of the Block 37 shopping center. The CTA has long talked about making this a free transfer point for riders. The CTA said it is making this change in correlation with the southern Red Line project, during which the CTA will close stations south of Roosevelt Road for five months to overhaul track.
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June 26, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
CTA riders have four days left to purchase discounted transit fare passes - though the passes may sell out quicker than that. Since Sunday, Groupon has offered three-day unlimited CTA fare cards for $9 instead of the typical $14 price. More than 5,000 of 250,000 cards have been sold so far, according to Groupon's Web site. The deal is available for purchase through the end of the month but could sell out before then. A Groupon spokesman said the company has been "pleased with customer pickup so far. " "Chicagoans rely on the CTA to keep their lives on schedule.
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September 27, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
More than 500,000 CTA riders have registered Ventra cards, the CTA said Friday, as a November deadline looms for Chicago Card riders to make the switch. The CTA said it finished mailing out Ventra cards last week to Chicago Card Plus riders who verified mailing addresses. The agency this week was mailing cards to 50,000 registered Chicago Card riders. It's supposed to take seven to 10 business days for riders to receive the card. Ventra became available to all riders Sept. 9. The agency said Ventra taps last week made up 22 percent of all CTA and Pace rides.
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January 16, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
A play that showcases real-life CTA stories will celebrate its 100th consecutive Saturday show this weekend. "El Stories," a reenactment of interviews with CTA riders, has been performed every Saturday at the Greenhouse Theater in Lincoln Park since March 2012, play spokesman J.D. Ostergaard said. The show was performed several times before then, but not with the consistency it sees now. There have been nearly 150 total performances of the play, which rotates stories every few months.
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December 5, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Chicagoans who drive less over the next few months have the chance to win prizes including dinner and tickets to the symphony. The Regional Transportation Authority, the funding arm for the CTA and Metra, is hosting a "Drive Less Live More" challenge to encourage Chicagoans to bike and ride transit instead of drive. Participants can register at drivelesslivemore.com and track their transportation use to be eligible for various prizes. More than 300 people have signed up for the challenge, the RTA said.
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September 16, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
CTA riders trying to use their personal debit and credit cards as fare cards won't be able to register their cards until sometime this fall, the agency said Monday. That means these riders can't manage their accounts online and need to stay vigilant about their balances so they're not charged full fares instead of getting transfer prices. Unlike Chicago Card Plus, the transit balances on personal bank cards will not replenish when riders spend down the balances. "We're still in the process of transitioning over to Ventra," CTA spokeswoman Tammy Chase said in an e-mail.
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