Coming attractions: Redbox movie vending kiosks at CTA rail stations

After topping off their Chicago Card at CTA vending machines, riders at some rail stations can rent a DVD movie at a Redbox kiosk.

The first of two kiosks were installed recently at the Wellington Station on the Brown Line and UIC-Halsted station on the Blue Line. And nine more will be installed at the following locations:

  • The Polk station on the Pink Line.
  • Jackson station on the Blue Line.
  • The 47th Street station and 95th/Dan Ryan station on the south end of the Red Line.
  • Fullerton, Belmont and Loyola stations on the north end of the Red Line.
  • Damen on the Brown Line.
  • 35th-Bronzeville-IIT station on the Green Line.

According to a CTA press release,  “The installation of fully-automated Redbox kiosks follows multiple ideas submitted by the public when Mayor Rahm Emanuel solicited input on the 2012 Budget. “Many Chicagoans asked for Redbox kiosks.” said CTA President, Forrest Claypool. “It has been a goal of my administration to have an open conversation with our riders to help improve service throughout the system.”

This idea was suggested by Dixon Galves-Searle at the Mayor’s budget ideas website. Nicely done Dixon. I approve!


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  • Are they inside or outside of the paid area?
    If they're inside, it reduces the number of people that can rent there.

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    Again, no Orange Line love :(

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    I know your pain, especially since I live ridiculously close to the Orange Line.

  • ...and they put kiosks at 47th and 95th Red Line stations? They should have considered the gentry stations of Halsted, Ashland and 35th/Hoyne at least. The resident thugs of the Orange Line might be less interested the DVDs simply because they are already more likely to have movies on fake "pirata" DVDs.

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