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Metra rolls out more ticket-vending machines

MetrActing Chairman Larry Huggins takes off ribbattached new Metrticket machines UniStati201 S. Canal Friday March 9 2012 Chicago. | John

Metra Acting Chairman Larry Huggins takes off a ribbon attached to new Metra ticket machines at Union Station, 201 S. Canal, Friday, March 9, 2012, in Chicago. | John J. Kim~Sun-Times

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Updated: March 9, 2012 2:40PM

Metra is giving more riders the option of using a vending machine to buy tickets.

The vending machines have been added at Union Station, the Ogilvie Transportation Center and the LaSalle Street Station.

They already were in place at the busiest stations on the Electric Line, including the Millennium Park and Van Buren stations downtown.

They let riders use a credit card to buy a ticket — one-way, 10-ride or monthly pass — without waiting in line for a ticket agent.

Officials of the commuter-rail agency said Friday they plan to add ticket-vending machines this spring at the McCormick Place station and at the Route 59 station on the BNSF Line in Aurora, which is the busiest station outside downtown.They said the 43 ticket-vending machines cost a total of about $2 million.

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