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updated: 12/31/2012 6:21 PM

Ride the CTA for a penny tonight

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Associated Press

The Chicago Transit Authority reminds partygoers that rides on CTA trains and buses will cost one penny during the hours surrounding the arrival of 2013.

The CTA says the penny rides were to start at 10 p.m. today and end at 4 a.m. Tuesday.

CTA drivers and staff will assist customers with questions regarding fare payment. Customers are being advised not swipe or insert their fare cards during the penny ride period. No refunds will be issued if a full fare is deducted from a fare card during the penny ride period. CTA President Forrest Claypool says on average 150,000 rides are taken on New Year's Eve, noting it's the "safest, most convenient and by far the most affordable transportation option."

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