The CTA is continuing its tradition of offering rides for a "penny" from 10 p.m. Dec. 31 through 4 a.m. on Jan. 1 to celebrate New Year's Eve.
The word "penny" is in quotes because for all intents and purposes the rides are free. But the CTA is not allowed to offer free rides, so it charges a "penny." However, at rail stations there is no way to charge a penny because cash is not accepted. And in its press release, the CTA explicitly states:
"The CTA is pleased to provide this convenience to its customers but is reminding them to not use their magnetic strip farecards or Chicago Card/Chicago Card+ farecards during this time to avoid being charged the value of a regular full-fare. No refunds will be issued if a full-fare is deducted from a farecard during the penny ride period."
So that means that the gates at stations probably will be open during that six-hour window. On buses, it is possible to pay with a penny, but presumably most bus drivers will wave riders through.
So have a Happy New Year and use the CTA, not your car.
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