he didn't find any delays reported, he did find a few people Tweeting
about free rides due to defective Chicago Card Plus cards:
"Just learned #CTA chgo card plus software is broken thru aug. If u hve
card u should be able to ride bus/train for free. Drivers know. RT"
And of course that got re-tweeted and twisted around in the big bad Internet frontier.
So I asked the CTA about it, and they quickly issued a press release stating:
Chicago Transit Authority has alerted approximately 3,500 customers who
use Chicago Card Plus that the expiration date listed online for their
account may be incorrect and that the card may expire this week. The
incorrect expiration dates impact only 1.1% of all Chicago Card Plus as
there are 329,645 cards in circulation.
The cards are encoded to last four years and more than 50,000
Chicago Card Plus cards are due to expire in 2009 - with the majority
expiring in July. CTA has been sending email reminders to customers
whose cards are due to expire, however, because of a programming error
that occurred when the cards were originally encoded, some cards are
due to expire earlier than CTA records indicated.
Of course the lesson is, don't believe everything you read on the Internet.