Fare History, 1888-2004

A brief overview of the history of fares on the "L", including types of fare media, fare policies, and fare levels. Only covers through 2004; for current fare levels and information, see CTA's Fares page.


Fare Media: AFC Magnetic Stripe and Smart Card Gallery

A gallery of all the types of fare media issued under the Automated Fare Collection (AFC) system used by CTA between 1994 and 2014. Includes images of the magnetic stripe farecards and contactless smart cards, as well as background on the cards and fare types they represented.


Fare Controls (under development)

An overview and description of the various equipment used to pay and enforce fares on the "L" over its history, including types of turnstiles and fare vending machines.