Huffpost Chicago

CTA Groupon Deal Goes Live: Daily Deal Site Offers Discounted 3-Day Public Transit Passes

Posted: Updated:

Groupon on Monday unveiled a long-awaited daily deal that's sure to sell out not long after its debut: Vastly-discounted Chicago Transit Authority three-day passes.

The deal offers up three-day, unlimited-rides CTA passes for a mere $9 -- that's 36 percent cheaper than their usual $14 price tag.

The Chicago Tribune previously reported that Groupon purchased 250,000 passes for the deal at a wholesale rate of just $7.53 each, a deal worth $1.88 million for the cash-strapped agency. The deal marks the first partnership between Groupon and an American transit company.

As of mid-Monday, with five days left to go, over 5,000 have been apparently wooed by the Chicago-based site's romantic description of Chicago's principal public transit system:

Growling engines, beeping horns, and clattering train wheels are indelible sounds of Chicago's streets. And every day, more than one million travelers hear this din from inside the Chicago Transit Authority's buses and trains.

A maximum of four passes may be procured per person.

Photo by vxla via Flickr.

Around the Web

Groupon Purchases 250000 3-Day Chicago Rail Passes for Close ...

Groupon Now Selling CTA Passes

CTA, Groupon team up on discount fare deal

The deal is on! $1.9 million to CTA from Groupon for 250K 3-day ...

CTA makes a deal with Groupon - DailyHerald.com

Groupon and CTA announce a new deal to sell 3-day transit passes ...

CTA to offer fare passes on Groupon - Chicago Sun-Times