The Chicago Transit Authority today announced it is evaluating a new amenity for customers by installing vending machines at select rail stations that sell popular magazines. The vending machines are from Time, Ince and serviced by The Classic Group and dispense magazines such as People, Time, Sports Illustrated and Entertainment Weekly at prices ranging from $3.50 to $5.50. The vending machines accept credit cards and cash.
“Providing concessions and amenities adds to the convenience and ambience of traveling on CTA,” said CTA President Richard L. Rodriguez. “Little things like having something to read can mean a lot to customers as they travel and CTA is committed to exploring ways to improve the overall customer experience and generate revenue for the agency.”
Currently, magazines are available from vending machines installed at the Belmont and Fullerton (one each) stations on the Red/Brown Line. Machines also will be installed at the Red Line’s Chicago/State station; Harlem (Marion entrance) Green Line station; UIC-Halsted (Peoria entrance) and O’Hare Blue Line stations; the Orange Line’s Midway station; and the Roosevelt Green/Orange Line elevated station.
The evaluation period will run for six months with an option to extend. By installing the machines for an evaluation period, CTA and the vendor can assess the suitability of the magazines offered, the customer response, and the feasibility of installing the machines in other locations.
The contract with The Classic Group was awarded through the competitive bid process. The Classic Group is responsible for the repair/maintenance of the equipment. CTA is guaranteed $500 per month/per machine.
CTA also is considering vending machines that will dispense DVDs and electronics at select rail locations.
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