This page provides information about explains the various fare payment options with Chicago Cards and Transit Cards.
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Chicago Card® and Chicago Card Plus® are the fastest way to board and pay on CTA buses and trains. They're accepted for full-fare payment on all CTA rail and bus routes and Pace buses. (Valid only on Pace routes with automated fare collection equipment.) Rather than having to insert the card, you simply touch it to the reader on the front of fare collection equipment.
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Get Chicago Card Plus
CTA and I-GO Car Sharing have collaborated to create the new Chicago Card Plus/I-GO Card, a single card with all the features of a Chicago Card Plus that can be used to access I-GO vehicles and ride CTA. The Chicago Card Plus/I-GO Card is available to new applicants who do not have an I-GO Car Sharing membership.
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Transit Cards are stored-value farecards that that allow fare value to be added by inserting cash into any Transit Card Vending Machine or with a major credit card at Express Vending Machines in selected locations.
Buses and turnstiles deduct full fares and transfer charges from Transit Cards.