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Ventra rolls out

Terrence Walker, right, a Ventra field technician, helps commuter Caren Ballard with the new Ventra kiosk system at the Logan Square CTA Blue Line station in Chicago on Monday. The CTA and Pace introduced their next-generation fare-payment system today.
Jose M. Osorio, Chicago Tribune
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